Communications Media interns have spent their summer working with local businesses and creating new content for IUP-TV programs The
Swoop and Public Pictures Theater.
From Kritter Kamp to Citizen’s Ambulance to the Meadows, a group of IUP interns working with Communications Media faculty member Mark Piwinsky has been busy since May 2017 working with local businesses creating new features to air on IUP-TV. One of the shows,
The Swoop, is a feature story show that spotlights local businesses, events, and people—content Indiana audiences will recognize.
In addition to working with local businesses, students have also been working on Public Pictures Theater into the summer, and have created a spin-off of the show called PPT Late Nite, where the cast creates skits surrounding public domain
sci-fi and horror movies.
Led by students Sarah Everett and Don Winzer, these interns are writing, producing, shooting,
and editing video content. One member of the group, Jackie Perry, was drawn to the IUP-TV internship opportunity because she wanted to be hands-on in creating video for air on television. Perry has served as coordinator for the Eastern Standard Project,
an educational video on the process of recording an album.
When asked what she has learned about the production process, Perry said, “I’ve learned how important it is to work as a team and to also have a well-balanced team. Without teamwork, these projects would have been chaotic. I also really learned the importance
of preproduction and how much more smoothly production can run when everything is well-organized.”
In addition to the above projects, the interns have also been working on an ongoing project about Indiana’s role in the Underground Railroad, creating videos and photographs of what life would have looked like in the 1800s. “Trying to create images from
a pre-photography era is a challenge, but trekking through a field in 1800’s attire in 85-degree weather has been the worst part,” Everett shared.
Everett, Winzer, Perry, and the rest of their group finish their internship at the end of July.
Everett hopes for a premier of PPT Late Nite around this Halloween, and estimates that it will air around midnight. The Swoop airs on IUP-TV on Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. followed by Public Pictures Theater at 8:00 p.m.