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Loyola's Pack News featured on PBS

March 30, 2012

The Loyola University New Orleans student-run multimedia journalism outlet, Pack News, recently wrote and produced a full-length web news story for “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill,” a national news program featured on the PBS network. The story, “Voice of the Voters: Louisiana Youth,” aired March 20 and reported that the energy issue and rising gas prices resonated heavily with local voters leading up the Louisiana GOP presidential primary last Saturday.

“The online editor at ‘Washington Week’ asked the students to cover issues that appealed both to Louisiana voters and to voters at the national level. They decided that oil, gas and the energy versus environment dilemmas, especially in the wake of the BP oil spill, were pretty strong issues,” said Pack News adviser Mark Poepsel, Ph.D.

A seven-person crew comprised of Colby Wilson, Khephra White, Xavier Mantica, Crystal Brotmeyer, Santi Caicedo, Danielle Latimer and Kamaria Monmouth, researched, wrote and produced the four-minute, 33-second story over a weekend and had it ready for air by the Tuesday deadline.

“We started Pack News this year. We had it officially recognized just this semester and have only produced three news shows so far,” Poepsel said. “Considering we were just getting started and then all of the sudden were asked to produce something for a national news show, I was pretty impressed.”

Most of the students involved in Pack News are mass communication majors. All are members of the newly revamped Loyola chapter of the Radio Television Digital News Association, the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students.

According to Poepsel, Pack News is working closely with The Maroon staff to add a different dimension to the journalism experience at Loyola.

“The Maroon has been very receptive to partnering with Pack News because we all realize that there has to be some multimedia dimension to the news produced here, whether we're encouraging Maroon reporters to create video stories or they are giving us information for our video broadcasts. The Maroon has the infrastructure, and we're working to add more of a video and social media presence to what's already there. That’s the way the media are trending, and future journalists have to be prepared to do it all,” Poepsel said.

For more information about Pack News, go to http://www.loyolamaroon.com/pack-news or contact Poepsel at 504-865-2012.

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