Video stories by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa students gained a statewide audience on K5 in December. Journalism students from the School of Communications in UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences produced two, 30-minute UHMtv news shows in fall 2021, featuring stories from the UH Mānoa campus and the community. The shows were written, hosted and produced by students in the Journalism 470 course, and filmed in the new, state-of-the-art College of Social Sciences Digital Studios in the Sinclair Student Success Center.

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Charleston Cazimero and Georgia Clair Johnson-King

The first show aired on December 12, and covered the following topics:

  • UH’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate
  • How students can manage mental health during the pandemic
  • Feature on Ian ʻAkahi Masterson, who teaches his class from a surfboard (Related UH News story: UH students surf, learn culture, earn academic credit, May 10, 2020)
  • Alumni profile on award-winning TV journalist Stephanie Cooke

View this show on UHMtv’s YouTube page.

The second show aired on December 19 and covered the following topics:

  • UH‘s response to sexual violence on campus
  • How students and teachers are navigating distance learning
  • Why construction at UH Mānoa is booming
  • Talk story session with Hawaiʻi News Now reporter and proud UH alumna Lacy Deniz

View this show on UHMtv’s YouTube page.

“A lot of time and effort went into the shows this semester. Not many students get the opportunity to produce work that is broadcast on local TV, so we are very fortunate to work with Sherrie White and Bernadette Baraquio. They are heavily involved in the world of broadcast journalism and multimedia and there is so much to learn from their knowledge and experience,” said Erin Fujitani, student producer and senior journalism major.

Georgia Clair Johnson-King, student producer and senior journalism major, added, “Erin and I were both fortunate enough to be selected as anchors, which was an honour and a thrilling challenge! I was extremely happy with the selection of Charleston Cazimero, Krista Rados and Erin as my fellow anchors and think every student involved did an excellent job.”

This program is an example of UH Mānoa’s goals of Enhancing Student Success (PDF) and Excellence in Research: Advancing the Research and Creative Work Enterprise (PDF), two of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.