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Get up-to-date on the current happenings and events around campus with the broadcast and journalism team at Griffon Update.

Griffon Update is a broadcast program on campus for any student looking to be more involved in broadcast journalism and news packaging. Katelyn Canon, convergent media student, describes Griffon Update and what it entails.

“Griffon Update is a student-run broadcast publication,” Canon said. “It’s more feature style, or magazine style, than traditional news broadcast, so we do some stories that are more feature focused or lifestyle focused instead of hard-hitting news.”

Griffon Update can be found on their vimeo channel online at vimeo.com/griffonupdate, or you can catch the 30 minute episodes on channel 39 at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, or 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bob Nulph, professor of journalism and founder of Griffon Update, started the program when he first began teaching at Missouri Western. When the program started in 1994, it was originally named Western Weekly. After leaving for a few years and returninig, Nulph decided to bring back the program for the journalism and broadcast students on campus.

“When I came back I realized there was no real broadcast outlet for our students. So, I decided to resurrect Western Weekly, and I asked the students what they wanted to call it, we took a vote, and Griffon Update became the new name,” Nulph said.

Griffon Update is a way to bring broadcasting experience to students wanting to experience the field of journalism and broadcast. Canon describes why it’s important for these students to gain that experience and build a good portfolio.

“For journalism and broadcast students, it’s so important for them to join because the field of journalism is moving in the direction of convergence,” Canon said.  “So what that means is you are no longer going to be expected to just know how to write, you need to know how to make a video to support your story as well.”

But Griffon Update is not only available to journalism students. Jennifer Swope, staff of Griffon Update and the Yearbook, had little experience when joining this program.

“We are working on our third show and are hoping to have our forth by the end of the semester which is really big because when we first came in none of us really knew how to put together a video package, so it’s definitely been a learning process,” Swope said.

Swope also explains the process of putting together a package and the difficulties that accompany it.

“The first thing is to figure out what your story is, figure out what your angle is. It’s a lot like writing a story, the biggest difference is you have to get people who are actually willing to be on camera as your interview sources,” Swope said.

When it comes to story angle, Nulph explains the purpose of Griffon Update is to keep the students informed on what’s going on on-campus and in the community.

“If it’s something happening on campus, if it’s something we think the students will be interested in, then the students will gladly do a three-to-five minute package on that subject,” Nulph said.

Some examples of what they have covered so far include Missouri Western’s production of Pirates of Penzance, the student art show, the convocation and food on campus.

To be involved in Griffon Update next semester you can sign up for JOU 214, multi-media practicum, or contact Bob Nulph at rnulph@missouriwestern.edu about volunteering to be on the team.

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