On the Air

Take a look inside a broadcast of IU Student Television

Anna Powell Teeter

Broadcast journalism is a complicated thing. The news on television is at once entertainment, art, and a public service. It’s a medium that’s often far more complex than it seems. Two people behind a desk, reading the news: How difficult could it be? 

Step behind the cameras and you’ll see. By way of The Media School, IU Student Television offers undergraduates the unique opportunity to take their talents on the air and put the craft of broadcast news to practice. We wanted to capture a recent broadcast of IUSTV, and in doing so capture all the work, passion, and preparation that go into a student-led broadcast news program.

“My first time ever being on camera reading a teleprompter was in fifth grade,” says Mary Kate Hamilton, a sophomore pictured above. “At my elementary school, they asked me to do the morning announcements. I did that in fifth grade, and then in seventh grade, eighth grade, tenth grade, eleventh grade, twelfth grade. I still get nervous every time I go on camera, and I think I always will. But I think the nerves make you better. They make you sharper.”

“In middle school, my dad would come home and turn on the news and I’d just sit there and watch Lester Holt with him,” says Michael Tilka, a sophomore pictured above and below. “And then in high school, I realized that I like public speaking, I enjoy watching the news with my dad, and I love sports, so I decided to combine those together.”

“You watch people on the news and they make it look so easy, but that’s because they are so good at doing it,” says Michael Dugan, a junior pictured on the monitor below. “The first couple of times that I got in front of the camera, I felt like I did a really good job. But I watched it back and my face was stone cold. I didn’t move. I wasn’t using my hands. I was like, 'This is me, and I can't watch ten seconds of it because it's so uncomfortable.' So, I’ve definitely learned to be very active. Keep your body calm, obviously, but talk with your hands, use facial expressions. You have to go over the top to make it look good on camera.”

Anna Powell Teeter

Anna Powell Teeter is an independent photographer and filmmaker specializing in editorial portraiture and documentary photography. She studied photography and journalism at Indiana University and resides in Bloomington​. In addition to making work with her cameras, she is the creative director and editor of Driftless, a Midwest-lifestyle magazine. Visit Anna's website at annapowellteeter.com.