Charger Bulletin News brings broadcast professionally to campus

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Photo courtesy of Victoria Cagley

Zachary Panno sits at the desk during Charger Bulletin News, West Haven.

Elisa D’Egidio, Student Life Editor

The Charger Bulletin has been the student news source for the University of New Haven since its founding in 1928. Branching away from print journalism, since 2017, Charger Bulletin News (CBN) has been the broadcast extension where relevant stories involving the university community are explored in-depth in a mini, local news show.

CBN, like most news sources, is fast-paced. Topics are selected and approved on Monday night, filming takes place on Tuesday afternoon and the final product is edited and completed by Wednesday morning. Within about 24 hours, an entire episode is filmed and edited all with the hard work of the production team of roughly 15 dedicated students.

​​Each week, the show’s anchors report weekly updates from various areas of university life, such as COVID-19 dashboard updates to registration news and beyond. There are also opportunities for students to record news packages and interview students around campus.

The show even features an entertainment section that looks into all things Hollywood, music and theater. There is also a sports segment that recaps Charger athletic games and updates.

Nicki Chavoya, CBN advisor, said the purpose of CBN is “to produce a very solid program and at the same time learn valuable skills that will benefit them in any career whether it is in [television] or film.”

“They meet deadlines, collaborate, troubleshoot and work with Charger Bulletin staff to ensure the broadcast reflects the week’s printed stories,” said Chavoya.

CBN is a hands-on opportunity for students to expand upon what they have been taught in class. This leadership and mentorship opportunity allow students to learn about equipment and broadcasting along with the opportunity to grow with the program.

Thomas Chung, film production major and CBN director, said, “We want to make sure that we’re doing the best possible job that we can, to inform the student body of exactly what is going on, on their campus and exactly what stories matter to them and why they should matter.”

Jada Clarke, senior TV/video production major, multimedia editor of Charger Bulletin and producer of CBN, said, “When I first came to the university, I never expected I would produce our college news program. I can collaborate with students and lead them in creating an excellent show. Everyone on the cast and crew is very supportive and makes CBN an exciting and welcoming place.”

Even though there is a set format and structure of how to produce the show, CBN prides itself in that there is always room for every student interested to learn and grow, regardless of major or skill level. With the platform, CBN has the voice to speak to the Charger nation on topics that concern them, for them.

“I love CBN,” said Eldrick Greenaway, film production major and associate videographer. “Working [alongside] people who I see as family, means the world to me. CBN allows me to be my entire self while using my technical expertise to help those around me.”

CBN records every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Bergami TV Studio. To get involved with Charger Bulletin News, reach out to [email protected], or head to the “join our team” section on chargerbulletin.com to fill out the interest form.