AKRON, Ohio -- FOX 8 is on the move, and expanding the way we cover the news to our Akron-Canton area viewers, with an innovative partnership with The University of Akron. Soon, you'll see live Fox 8 reports from our new bureau at a studio in the UA School of Communication.
The move not only provides FOX 8 the opportunity to report stories out of a more central location, but it also gives an educational experience to students, as they watch FOX 8 News reporters and videographers deliver the news. Students may even have the chance to aid in the news-gathering process, or land internship opportunities.
"The studio provides us a more central location, with easier access to news breaking out of Akron and surrounding cities," FOX 8 President and General Manager Greg Easterly said of the move. "In addition, there are so many scholars on the university campus--political analysts, lawyers, scientists, engineers, specialist in education, health and psychology--professionals who can help us inform our viewers and will be more easily available to our reporters."
The School of Communication at UA is home to more than 1,000 students majoring in media and communication studies. FOX 8's presence will provide them with the tools and experience they need to work in a globally competitive world, said Elizabeth Graham, PhD, Director and Professor, UA School of Communication.
"The presence of Fox 8 News is a welcome addition to the media operation in Kolbe Hall, which is the home of an Emmy-award winning student operated television station (Z-TV), top-rated student run radio station (WZIP-FM), and the prize-winning student newspaper (The Buchtelite). The media platforms offer students a seamless marriage of academic coursework with hands-on skill development," Graham said in a news release.
Stand-out students will be eligible to receive internship experience, working firsthand with Fox 8 News reporters and editors to prepare stories for FOX8.com.
"We're excited to be able to provide some real-life reporting experiences for the next generations of journalists and for those students going into fields like public relations who need to understand what journalism is all about," said Easterly.