"Tell me and I'll forget. Teach me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll learn."
It was with this idea that the students of the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad, paid a field visit to the 24-hour Telugu News Channel in the city, Zee Tv. The visiting students had selected the 'Radio and Television Production' stream for their specialization by the end of this academic year.
We were given a tour to the news gathering teams or the bureau section and saw how beats were assigned to reporters; observed how news production was accomplished, witnessing how coordination between the 'satellite news gathering (SNG)' vans, production room, master control room and transmission room were crucial in order to package the ads, graphics, tickers and live feeds from the SNGs; another studio room where the sports news and entertainment programs were produced; Master Control Room (MCR) where the graphics, ads, promos and logos are created and fed to the Production Control Room (PCR); video library where video from tapes are digitised and stored for news and archive; edit suit where pre-recorded programmes are edited; transmission room where the tickers are inserted and the programme is broadcasted on-air from Noida, Delhi. The downlink signals are analysed for any errors in the content of the programme. It also monitors satellite transmission of SNGs. The students benefited from the exposure to a professional set-up for news production and understood the basic processes involved. The employees were accomodating to the various questions of the students and answered them accordingly. This demystified the processes of tv news production and would hopefully translate to commendable news bulletins when the students start their projects."
Usha Kiran adds, "The visit was very informative,we got to interact with professionals and also see how news goes live and understand its technical aspects. It was a very fruitful experience."
Abhishek Devara concludes, "It helped reduce my confusion about it because i saw it all, but it's still quite a complicated task."