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CHRISTIE WHITE/THE ARKA TECH: Journalism students have the opportunity to produce a news show at Tech TV, which is located in the Energy Center.

Tech TV offers journalism majors skills and practices that may be utilized in the world of broadcast while providing the community access with noncommercial information and entertainment programming.

The studio was originally located in Crabaugh until its move in the summer of 2012 to the Energy Center, which is adjacent to the University Commons. Tech TV is equipped with a full news studio, editing bay and a control room that operates the technical details of the show.

In the studio, students can be trained on their anchoring skills such as writing and reading scripts from a prompter like some professional anchors do. While some students anchor, others are trained on using programs like switchers, sound boards, CG effects and an edirol video package runner. Each program takes part in the functional process of putting together a news show. Students are required to make packages — videos obtaining news coverage, information and interviews — that air throughout each show.

As the productions of the shows grow, the number of student participants grow. Chief Engineer of Tech TV Christie White said students earn one credit hour toward their degree per show.

“This program has expanded since I was a student here,” White said. “The program has approximately 50 students this semester.”

The shows run five days a week throughout the Arkansas River Valley. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the news shows run at 4 p.m. and are regular shows with news, weather and sports. On Thursdays, a sports show runs at 4 p.m., and on Fridays, an entertainment show runs at 2 p.m. Each show is produced and directed by students in the journalism department.

Students and area residents can access Tech TV through their local cable providers. On campus, it is available on Channel 6 and Channel 97. Off campus, it is available on Channel 2. The shows broadcast range reaches from Clarksville to Morrilton and is available on the Tech TV Facebook page.