GSU TV now airing on CAN TV
The Center for Community Media (CCM) at Governors State University (GovState) has been making strides to amplify diverse voices with its various forms of media like Radio Jaguar, an internet station for streaming music, news and podcasts which just launched Nov. 2, and GSU TV, a student-run magazine show for news, sports, and culture, which recently moved to airing on CAN TV after its previous Comcast channel retired.
Receiving the news this past summer, Jessica Scott, Assistant Professor of Media Studies and GSU TV Faculty Advisor, quickly contacted CAN TV to pitch the show’s premise. Her efforts led to GSU TV earning a space on CAN TV’s roster and its first airing on the channel this past September.
Scott said this new channel poses a greater opportunity for students’ work to be seen by more people since CAN TV is a bigger platform than their previous Comcast channel. Established in 1983 by the City of Chicago, CAN TV currently delivers over 140 hours of original, hyper-local programming each week. It offers more than one million viewers in Chicago, which is double the viewer reach of the show's previous home channel.
“This gives the students more opportunities to be seen by NBC, ABC, CBS— all the big players in Chicago. If students have dreams and aspirations to be in front of the camera one day, then this is a better opportunity for them,” said Scott.
Already, Scott has a student that works for KTVO, an ABC and CBS Television affiliate in Iowa, after a year of working in front of the camera when GSU TV aired on Comcast.
“Not only will our program be transmitted through local cable but through streaming services that will impact a larger audience. This transition should be celebrated as GSU TV will be a part of a network like no other, one that will be used to continue the representation of student media,” said Jason Gonzalez, Lead Producer of GSU TV and current Media Studies student.
Jason is excited about the new partnership as both parties share a common mission to provide unique and interesting programming to the Southland and beyond.
“We are very fortunate, and as a collective, we will continue to deliver quality stories and updates for the entire GovState community,” said Jason.
As a student-run production, GSU TV not only offers students a chance to get real-world experience in the media field as reporters, producers and editors, it offers them paid positions as student workers. Currently, Jason (pictured left) works alongside fellow students and digital content producers, Graham Taylor (pictured right) and Tyona Menzies (not pictured).
Students interested in learning more about how they could get involved with GSU TV can contact Jessica Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSU TV airs on the second Friday of the month at 7 p.m. on CAN TV19, with reruns on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. It’s also available to stream on Roku and at CAN TV, as well as on the show’s YouTube channel.