By Aleah Jean Rosales
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
Six University of the Incarnate Word students are interns for an innovative program called Proyecto U (Project U) that’s giving them air time on KWEX Univision 41 San Antonio.
Besides UIW’s communication arts students, other involved come from communication departments at Texas A&M-San Antonio, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, Trinity University, Alamo Colleges, as well as the Brackenridge High School media class.
This unprecedented opportunity is helping students advance in hands-on experience by allowing them to produce 15-minute, on-air news broadcasts, which will air alongside the already-established 5 o’clock Univision 41 weekend newscast.
Student interns are responsible for compiling everything needed for a newscast such as developing newsworthy stories, constructing the transition for each segment, maneuvering studio cameras and, even anchoring.
UIW students Joel Flores-Sanjur and Mariana Veraza and Ryan Bazan have anchored newscasts and also served as reporters. Bazan also has operated a camera. Prinzezz Lopez has been a reporter, Floor Manager and camera operator. Sochy Ortiz, program director for UIWtv, has been a Proyecto producer and Ivonne Martinez an assistant producer.
News Executive Producer Mike Gaytan said the student interns have an important role.
“Basically they do planning for editorial meetings, they come up with the story ideas, they do their own assignments, they make their own phone calls,” Gaytan said. “What’s fun about it is that they go out there in the streets and collect their own information to bring it back, put their story together and air it with a Univision newscast.”
Gaytan also said the Saturday-morning segment is open for English- and Spanish- speaking anchors, so students shouldn’t be discouraged to apply for an internship.
Senior Vice President Luis Patino said of the project that “Univision’s continued growth and innovation in Spanish-language news reflects the growth of the Hispanic community, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this changing landscape by developing an initiative that provides support and resources for the next generation of communicators.”