Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type

Non-Thesis Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Committee Chair

Chad Okrusch

First Advisor

Scott Risser

Second Advisor

Nick Hawthorne


The days of traditional TV news reporting included a reporter, cameraman, producer, and editor. A team of people was needed to launch a single news story onto television. Television news reporting has undergone a period of tremendous change during the rise of the Internet. Also, economic pressures to downsize the newsroom, technological advancements, and social media have turned the traditional reporter into a multi-media journalist. This project will discuss the actual technical and rhetorical choices made in the production of short newsroom documentary. This study explains the transition from the traditional news reporting style of reporter and cameraman teaming up on the streets for a well-produced news story to a juggling, fast-pace one-man-band multimedia journalist of today. Professors, News Directors, and News Anchors who have spent a minimum of 15 years in the TV news industry provide the information in this study. A complete transcript of the interviews is written as well, offering a more in-depth review of interview responses as a primary source. This project is intended to be informative to anyone wanting to learn about the TV news industry.


A non-thesis project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Technical Communication.

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