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SHSU’s Channel 7 searches for new anchors

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Published: Monday, January 27, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 14:02

Channel 7, Sam Houston State University’s student news broadcast, is searching for its new, up and coming news team.

The station is looking to hire two news anchors, a sports anchor and a weather anchor. All four positions are open to all students in the university during tryouts that will be held Feb. 5.

“Everybody in the university can [try out],” broadcast operations general manager LeeAn Muns said. “We’ve actually had several students that were not part of the [mass communication] department.”

The SHSU station showcases a 30-minute student-produced newscast every week, broadcasting various national, international and local news packages.

Executive director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy Kelli Arena oversees the newscast and said nearly 100 students tried out last semester for the various positions.

“We get a fantastic turnout for these anchor tryouts,” Arena said. “It shows that there’s interest in the newscast, that there’s a lot of enthusiasm.”

Those who make the cut will work closely with Arena to hone their skills as reporters and expand their broadcast knowledge.

Faculty advisers view each tryout and narrow the tryout list down to four students. Arena said they don’t base their choice off of race, looks or gender.

“I don’t have any formula in my head when I go in there,” Arena said. “We just look for the best talent that we can get.”

According to Arena, anchors should have a general knowledge of news and act accordingly with the position for which they’re applying. She said last year’s news team had only one mess-up but acted professionally in every other instance.

“This is a job,” Arena said. “If you’re supposed to be there an hour before the newscast to go over scripts and make sure that you’re ready to go, you need to do that. Otherwise, you’ll be kicked off. This is something that goes out on the public airwaves.”

Arena said students are expected to dress professionally and read over the issued script before the tryouts.

For more information about each position, contact Arena at

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