Month: August 2011

TCF Film Wins “Best Alabama Film” at Sidewalk

The Chief, a Documenting Justice film from last year by Mary Baschab and Chris Scott, under the direction of TCF faculty member Andy Grace, won Best Alabama Film at The Sidewalk Film Festival this past weekend. Congratulations!

The TCF department was well represented at Sidewalk with 9 different films or documentaries entered.  Congratulations to all our faculty and students whose work was selected for screening at this event.

“The Chief,” a Documenting Justice film from last year by Mary Baschab and Chris Scott, under the direction of TCF faculty member Andy Grace, won Best Alabama Film at The Sidewalk Film Festival this weekend. Congratulations!

The TCF department was well represented at Sidewalk with 9 different films or documentaries entered.  Congratulations to all our faculty and students whose work was selected for screening at this event.

News Director/Multimedia Production Tech Position

Job Title: Director/Multimedia Production Tech  

Posting Dates: Aug 23-Sep 6, 2011

Station:  WHNT-TV Huntsville, AL                                             


Reports to:  News Director

                     Supervising Directors

Purpose/reason for this Position:

WHNT NEWS 19, the CBS affiliate in Huntsville, Alabama, has an immediate opening on for a full-time Associate Director/Multimedia Production Tech. The successful candidate will have the ability to manage, motivate, and lead staff during fast-paced, graphics intensive newscasts with multiple live elements.

WHNT NEWS 19 has all brand new HD equipment – Ross Overdrive, VizRT, Vinten Robotic cameras and a state-of-the-art HD studio.  In addition to directing, the successful applicant should have strong computer skills, the ability to multi-task and make sound judgments during live broadcasts.  Hours will vary and will include early mornings, nights, weekends and holidays.

Core Job Functions:                                    

  • Direct weekend morning newscasts and fill-in during weekday newscasts as assigned.
  • Directors have to fill-in on all aspects of production and train new employees on those job functions; skills necessary include running audio, camera, graphics, prompter, shooting video and non-linear editing.
  • Field Production: Ability to direct using remote production equipment.  Ability to supervise and coordinate field production crew.   
  • Lighting: Knowledge of studio lighting techniques.
  • Web Posting: Post video and text content to station’s website, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • Editing: Assist with editing for newscasts (Final Cut Pro experience preferred).
  • Photojournalism: Shooting video and sound in the field or in station on an as-needed-basis.
  • Newsgathering: Assist newsroom personnel with law enforcement beat checks and/or making calls to gather information before and between newscasts.

Minimum Knowledge Skills & Abilities:

Experience operating and/or ability/willingness to learn how to operate the following equipment and computer programs: Ross Overdrive, Wheatstone Audio Board, Vinten Robotic cameras, VizRT graphics, Adobe Photoshop, and/or other similar equipment and systems.  Aptitude to learn other technically advanced equipment.  Excellent spelling and precision attention to detail a must! Must possess a valid State Driver’s License.  Good communication skills and team-centered mindset.

Education Requirements:

A college degree in Television Production, Communications or related-degree is preferred.  Also prefer candidates with at least one year production experience in a commercial television station.

Physical Requirements:

Dexterity to operate production and photography equipment; including, but not limited to all audio equipment, studio/field cameras and computers.  Should be able to do light lifting and climb a ladder to change studio lights, if needed.  Must be able to handle stress of a fast-paced, dynamic environment while remaining calm, communicate clearly and make split-second decisions.


INTERNAL CONTACTS:                                                EXTERNAL CONTACTS: 

Directors                                                                        Station Guests

Other members of production team                     Customers (our viewers)

Producers                                                                        Police, Fire, Emergency Dispatchers

News Director




Interested parties should submit resume and references to Maxie Justice and David ‘Tater’ Terry, Supervising Directors, WHNT-TV, 200 Holmes Ave., Huntsville, AL 35801 256-533-1919, or email and

WHNT-TV Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Radio Job in Birmingham

Promotions, Programming & Online Content Assistant

Clear Channel Radio-Birmingham is accepting resumes for a potential future opening for the position of Promotions, Programming, and Online Content Assistant. We need someone who can be creative with concept and execution in addition to being very organized, and has programming knowledge for the following formats: Top 40, Urban, and Urban Inspirational. Essential Duties: • Develop and oversee all promotional and contest initiatives of station. • Directly supervise part time employees in the Promotions Department. • Write, create and produce on-air promotions. • Plan and develop station promotions. • Supervise stations contests including originating or adapting ideas, arranging prizes and listener events. • Maintain accurate records of contestants, and ensure contests are conducted in accordance with FCC regulations and law. • Represent station at community events and promotions. • Coordinate activities of other departments involved in production of promotions and remotes. • Maintain stations prize closet, inventory of station premiums and inventory and control of station banners. • Prepare affidavits for clients attesting to the promotional announcements aired for a particular campaign. • Coordinate all prizes and winners and make sure prizes are available for front desk distribution. Handle all release forms to ensure 1099’s are in order for distribution. • Ability to work some odd hours.• Selector experience is a plus, as well as sounding great on the air. • Ideal Candidate should understand all things social networking, automation systems and Microsoft office. Qualified candidates will also have a passion for web content and understand its importance and relevance to a successful radio station. Social Networking is a VITAL part of this job. •Duties including handling schedules and daily tracking of shows, and any other needed tasks •Maintaining Daily trackers for the station •Help in managing the stations website/social network including creating unique content, tracking statistics, assigning tasks for web team •Working with local teams and broadcasts to ensure we have the best stuff on-air • Work with radio stations to cover events and create great content •Assisting the Operations Director with any assigned tasks. • The candidate will be responsible for updating our websites and assist our local program directors and advertising executives. • Physically maintain sites with daily updates • Prepare necessary graphic/files for site • Search and be proactive in the development of content for each website • Enter and update site content • Assists in scheduling ads on site and programs • Stream monitoring for quality, ad placement, etc… • Assist station personnel with maintaining various elements on sites (promotions calendar, personality pages, etc…)

Vacancy Type:
Full Time

Date Posted:

Closing Date:

Birmingham – 35209



Selector experience is a plus, as well as sounding great on the air.

• Ideal Candidate should understand all things social networking, automation systems and Microsoft office.

Email resumes to


Center for Public Television Internships

As the Fall 2011 semester begins, the University of Alabama Center for Public Television is seeking applications from students who are interested in working in television production. Both paid and non-paying internship positions are open for application at this time.

For over 50 years, the Center for Public Television has produced programs for broadcast on Alabama Public Television. In addition, the center has recently made a commitment to produce several weekly series for the University’s TV stations, WVUA and WUOA.

Public television projects under production include the weekly series, Bookmarkand Discovering Alabama as well as individual documentary topics. Projects for WVUA/WUOA include The Iron Bowl Hour, a new weekly series to premiere on Friday, September 2nd and a weekly series with the working title Capstone Magazine which will premiere later this fall.

Available position include:

  • On-Camera Talent
  • Assistant Producer
  • Editor

To apply, download the application and submit it to the Center for Public Television.

For more information about student positions, contact Mike Letcher at 205-348-6210, or e-mail mletcher {at}

New Research By TCF Professors

TCF professors Kristen Warner and Matthew Payne have each presented new research this past week.

Dr. Warner considers the racial implications of Real Housewives of Atlanta in her Flow piece: “‘Who Gon Check Me Boo’: Reality TV as a Haven For Black Women’s Affect.” She begins:

A few years ago I attended a conference panel during which a panelist was discussing Bravo’s The Real Housewives franchise. All was well as we listened to the speaker discuss the plots surrounding each of the show’s casts and how these spoke to larger issues of Bravo’s programming strategies. That is, all was well until someone from the audience asked what the speaker’s thoughts were about Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA). Without thought (or malice), the panelist quickly responded, “I don’t watchthat show.” While others laughed, I was inwardly infuriated because, honestly, in a franchise based on ridiculous women behaving badly, how can one distinguish which cast is the worst? All of the women in each cast need come to Jesus moments where they can deal with the way they behave on the shows.

Dr. Payne addresses new models for gaming and advertising on in media res: “Advergaming and Niche Branding.” He contends:

One lucrative business pursuit for indie game developers has been the production of advergames – games designed to advertise a product, service, or brand. We’ve been observing a sliver of this activity in our research on the [adult swim] phenomenon, which began as a late night programming block for Cartoon Network but has since grown into a lifestyle brand that includes a record label, clothing and merchandise, and, of course, an ever-expanding library of games.


New TCF Courses Added for Fall 2011

We have hired Nick Corrao as new production faculty!

Nick has made award-winning films, worked as an editor for feature films and for television programs. He will bring a lot to TCF!

He is teaching:

TCF 201 Intro to Video Production

TCF 451 Advanced TV Production which will focus on producing a documentary TV program for WVUA television, and teach you about developing ideas, pitching, production companies, crew, workflow & you will shoot & edit material that will be broadcast to 3.5 million households in Alabama! (great for your reel & resume!)

TCF 461 Advanced Post Production: AVID, which will teach Avid Media Composer. You will learn principles and practices of Avid-based editing.

If you need any paperwork signed to enroll, see Dr. Rachel Raimist.

TCF TV Pilot Selected by the New York Television Festival

We’re proud to also announce that TCF-student TV pilot Re-Committed has been officially selected to be a part of the New York Television Festival’s Independent Pilot Competition! This festival is the premiere television festival in the country, with many of the major broadcast and cable networks sponsoring the event. From the press release:

With the most submissions in the history of the Independent Pilot Competition – up 40% from last year – the quality of the entries keeps getting better and better, and the TV industry has taken note,” said NYTVF Founder and Executive Director Terence Gray. “We are thrilled to be in a position to offer the Official Selections access to over 50 key players in the industry, and believe that there is arguably no better way for up and coming, independent creatives to connect with key decision makers at networks and studios than by participating in the Festival. In fact, our partners have upped the ante in 2011, guaranteeing 12 development deals via the IPC and our additional contests and competitions, up from three in 2010.

Of the 48 selections, only 3 are student submissions, the other two being a pilot from Chapman University (with budget of $12,000) and a pilot done by USC (Southern Cal) graduate students. It feels good to see the University of Alabama right up there with them, and other non-student produced independent pilots. Re-Committed is now competing on both coasts!

NYTVF IPC selection press release:–93un-gLfx36

NYTVF website: