Hearst Foundations support student-driven news production

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By Joanna Trieger

In 2012, a grant from the Hearst Foundations helped launch the Nevada Media Alliance (NVMA), a student-driven news service within the University's Reynolds School of Journalism, in partnership with professional media organizations in northern Nevada. Now, additional support from Hearst is expanding the program, rebranded as the Reynolds Media Lab, into a full-scale news production and distribution center.

The increased funding allows the Reynolds Media Lab to expand into Spanish-language news coverage and to explore new broadcasting platforms, such as virtual reality video, podcasting and video segments shared over social media. The lab will help more media students gain valuable skills and expose them to a wider variety of career possibilities within the industry.

In addition to providing quality news content to English- and Spanish-speaking populations across Nevada, the opportunities available through the Reynolds Media Lab serve the Reynolds School's development plans and faculty recruitment efforts. The school is planning to establish the nation's first undergraduate Spanish-language journalism program, tentatively scheduled to launch in fall 2018, and recently moved toward that goal by hiring another Spanish-language journalism faculty member.

"The Reynolds School is noted for providing students with innovative opportunities for experiential learning," said Dean Al Stavitsky. "This extended funding from the Hearst Foundations will take these real-world experiences to the next level, as well as enable us to establish bilingual curricula found nowhere else."

Photo: Undergraduate journalism students Krysta Scripter and Jose Olivares work on a piece for Wolf Pack What, a student-run news and entertainment service that uses video and virtual reality to tell stories about life on campus. Thanks to increased support from the Hearst Foundations, students will have more opportunities to produce and distribute multimedia stories in Spanish and English through the Reynolds Media Lab. Photo by Theresa Danna-Douglas

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To learn more about supporting the Reynolds School of Journalism, please contact Laurice Antoun-Becker, associate director of development, at (775) 784-4184.