This summer, Ben Bogardus has been pulling quite a few “all-nighters.”
But he’s not cramming for a big exam. The journalism professor is spending the summer working the overnight shift at a local TV station to stay current on new industry technologies and trends.
Bogardus, chair and assistant professor of journalism in the School of Communications, is producing the news at WFSB’s Channel 3 Eyewitness News while his students are away on summer break, and while most people are fast asleep.
“The fact that I’m staying active in the industry benefits my students in that I can teach them the real world skills they need to report real news stories that affect real people in real communities,” said Bogardus.
Prior to coming to Quinnipiac in 2010, Bogardus was an award-winning newscast producer at WJLA, Washington, D.C.’s ABC affiliate.
In an age where reporters can go live as long as they have a cellphone signal, it’s important for the reporters and producers of tomorrow to learn and work with the latest technology, Bogardus explains. “Everything is much more computerized now,” said Bogardus. “I can tell my students firsthand what it’s like in the industry and teach them what they need to know to work in a modern TV newsroom.”