Tallahassee, FL - Four new anchors have been selected for the Florida A&M University (FAMU) TV-20 live newscast. The newscast will air at 5 p.m. every Monday through Thursday beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18. The anchors are: Jessica Green (weather), Kyle Marcil (sports), Chatale Glover and Nicole Brooks (co-anchors on the main news desk). Students enrolled in the Advanced TV News class offered in the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) will also produce “Week in Review” shows airing Fridays at 7 p.m.
News 20 at Five also will offer daily news updates via Twitter at www.twitter.com/news20at5. FAMU-TV 20 is an educational access channel operated by the SJGC. It reaches more than 80,000 households via Comcast.
Jessica Green, a senior broadcast journalism student from Quincy, Fla., said she knew she wanted to become a television personality after Carmen Cummings, a former anchor for local CBS affiliate WCTV, spoke to her elementary school class.
“I felt so blessed to be chosen as an anchor for the spring 2011 newscast,” said Green. “It was a goal I’ve had since I arrived at FAMU.”
Kyle Marcil, a fifth-year broadcast journalism and Spanish double-major student from Jacksonville, Fla., is a 2009-2010 NCAA Freedom-Forum Sports Journalism Scholarship recipient.
“I am excited to be the next sports anchor because it brings me a step closer to reaching my dream of becoming a nationally recognized sports journalist,” said Marcil.
Nicole Brooks, who currently serves on the executive board for the FAMU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, is a senior broadcast journalism student from Philadelphia, Pa. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in media entertainment and eventually earn her master’s degree in film.
“I am excited about this semester and I’m anticipating the success of the show,” said Brooks.
Chantale Glover, a senior broadcast journalism student from Miami, Fla., is ecstatic about her new responsibility. She plans to delve more into film production and mass media marketing post graduation.
“After being chosen…I continued to say ‘Wow!’ I felt really accomplished because I went after something I wanted and got it,” said Glover.
“This year, we are getting back to the basics,” said Leonard Horton, news director for News 20 at Five. “The Advanced TV News class will focus on good, balanced writing and storytelling. Students need to be able to justify their salaries in a job market where layoffs are looming, and the general public is getting a lot of its news content from bloggers.”
For more information about News 20 at Five, contact Leonard Horton at (850) 599-3102.
Photo caption — From left to right: Kyle Marcil, Nicole Brooks, Chantale Glover, Jessica Green
Photo Credit: Leonard Horton, III