Raycom and Auburn University introduce new journalism training program

(WTVM) - Raycom Media and Auburn University announced a new partnership to train multimedia journalism students at Auburn's School of Communication and Journalism.

Students will be able to work in a newsroom environment alongside Raycom professionals to produce local news stories for television, social media, and digital platforms. Through class assignments, students will contribute their material to Raycom stations WSFA, located in Montgomery, Ala., and WTVM, located in Columbus, Ga.

"The Auburn and Raycom collaboration will provide students with invaluable training, real-time journalism ethics instruction and insight into industry expectations," says Jennifer Wood Adams, School of Communication and Journalism Director. "The groundbreaking part of this partnership is the direct link our students will have to Raycom news executives, who will be able to mentor and guide their professional development, as well as tap students and graduates for internships and jobs."

The AU news studio will be located on Gay Street, close to the campus. Raycom is providing the studio equipment along with editing software, cameras, sets, furniture, and professional expertise, all valued at more than $350,000. Raycom will also house a news bureau in the space so students can observe and workalong side reports, producers, and news directors.

"The partnership will help students learn how to handle the challenges of today's news operation," Raycom Media President and CEO Paul McTear said. "It will also demonstrate the importance of journalistic integrity, while providing Auburn students with an understanding of the need to quickly disseminate news on multiple platforms. In addition, this is a tremendous vehicle for the news gathering industry to indentify and grow those up and coming journalists for our fields."

The studio will open by October and the first classes taught in the studio will start in spring 2014.