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Six students from the School of Journalism and Electronic Media networked with newspaper professionals and also put their journalistic skills to use at last week’s Tennessee Press Association winter convention in Nashville.

JEM student William Dowling operates a camera while live-streaming the gubernatorial candidate forum at the Nashville Public Library.
JEM student William Dowling operates a camera while live-streaming the gubernatorial candidate forum at the Nashville Public Library.

The convention included a panel discussion about the state’s plan to battle opioid abuse, a gubernatorial candidate forum, and a speech by Gov. Bill Haslam. The students live streamed the gubernatorial candidate forum, which was held in the Nashville Public Library. Many Tennessee newspapers linked to that broadcast.

The students—sophomore Nicole Painter, juniors Jake Albright and Savanna Jacoby, and seniors Alaina Briones, Adam Crabtree, and William Dowling—were accompanied by Professor Catherine Luther, director of the School of JEM, and the school’s video specialist, Clint Elmore.

Posing with Gov. Bill Haslam, middle, are JEM students (left to right): Alaina Briones, Savanna Jacoby, Nicole Painter, and William Dowling.
Posing with Gov. Bill Haslam, middle, are JEM students (left to right): Alaina Briones, Savanna Jacoby, Nicole Painter, and William Dowling.

“Feeling nervous excitement while operating the cameras and video switcher in real time for an important event was an invaluable experience for the students,” said Luther. “It was a tremendous responsibility that they pulled off flawlessly after hours of run-throughs both on campus and in Nashville under Clint’s supervision.”