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26 May 2015

CPIT's New Zealand Broadcasting School rolls out new technology this week, with production and rehearsals of its annual Metro News programme in full swing.

Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications students from CPIT's broadcast journalism and Television production courses are preparing for the yearly news week, to screen on CTV next week June 1-5, at 7.30pm.

It will be the first time the school puts to air pictures from its new high definition studio cameras, the Sony PMW400s, purchased this year. Metro News will also utilise new TV screens borrowed from Panasonic for the weather segment, doing away with a green screen onto which images were previously superimposed, for a better, more professional delivery, second year TV student and Metro News live studio director, Hamish Manning said

"We want the show to be as close to industry-standard as possible, and bring everyone's work together on the screen in the best way we can."


CTV news and current affairs editor Michael Docherty said the Christchurch-based regional TV station was pleased to see the return of Metro News as a training ground for New Zealand's next generation of broadcasting professionals.

"It serves as a great platform, evident with the students who work here at CTV, many of whom can effectively hit the ground running, by broadcasting an array of news styles."

The half-hour news show, run entirely by students, also has new graphics and music, along with a new colour scheme for the Metro News logo. Television New Zealand's TVNZ Live Eye mobile production van will be used for two live crosses during the programme. The set, based around the former TVNZ Seven Sharp news desk, is bigger this year.

Part of the broadcasting course assessment, students will be critiqued by industry professionals, in every aspect of production, from shooting news stories, to editing and on-air.  Journalism student and Metro News co-producer Tania Green said she was already buzzing from the build-up to Metro News.

"It's busy with long days, and it's a really 'real world' experience of how the broadcasting industry is."

Green and journalism student co-producer Isabella Aldridge said as well as sharpening their news gathering skills, they were learning time management, communication, leadership and organisation.

"While we've been encouraged to do work experience in news rooms, this is our first opportunity to do it for ourselves and make mistakes and it's a lot less daunting to do that in this environment," Aldridge said.

Industry veteran and first year TV production tutor Richard Hansen said there would be new emphasis on the delivery of online programme content, as a result of CPIT's new Bachelor of Broadcast Communications degree, which was implemented this year.

"This makes the Metro News website a much more integral part of the programme strategy as a whole. Not only does it allow us to have an On Demand service for the stories and bulletin, it also expands our potential audience way beyond the footprint of the CTV transmission area. It provides a very realistic industry environment for the journalists and television students to work in. We love it!"

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