This semester, my Media and Politics course at UNCW has an amazing applied learning project going on, in which the class of 23 students, with minimal experience, is producing a political TV show. Each week’s show will cover a political topic, discussing campus, local, state and national issues, and will be available both online and via broadcast.
Students are responsible for every aspect of the show - the show's naming and branding, topics, guests, research, scripts, PR, social media and all aspects of production - under my consultation and guidance, making this truly their product. As with similar applied learning projects, this will provide students with the opportunity to dovetail the theoretical with the practical to produce a tangible artifact. This ETEAL funded project provides an authentic experience that enculturates students in a civic engagement opportunity while also doing a service for the greater community.
What makes this an especially unique experience is the opportunity it provides for leaders of and in the community to make a direct connection first, with UNCW, and second, with the public through the show's broadcast. Our goal is to provide constructive conversation on important issues in a supportive, positive, and most importantly, non-partisan learning environment.