Jackson 24/7 is our 30-minute live, daily news program, airing on the local cable system which reaches over 20,000 customers. Monday through Friday at noon, Jackson 24/7 shoots in the Television Studio in Jennings Hall on Union’s campus and airs live on e-Plus Channel 6. The program is completely student-driven—students not only run the cameras and teleprompters, they also direct, produce and anchor the show.
Jackson 24/7 focuses on the entire Jackson community, not just the Union campus. Our students cover stories important to our viewers and have the opportunity to interview local leaders, such as the county mayor, city mayor, chief of police and school superintendent. Jackson 24/7 has also featured interviews with many national figures, such as Betty White, Wink Martindale, Classic TV stars Jon Provost (“Lassie”), Kathy Garver (“Family Affair”) and Paul Petersen (“The Donna Reed Show”), Former NBC News correspondent John Dancy and Producer of “Fireproof” Stephen Kendrick.
Jackson 24/7 is not just a show, it serves as the backbone for the Broadcast Journalism curriculum. Students taking Television Production will work in all the key positions on the show by the end of the semester. Students in Broadcast Performance will have the opportunity to do live remotes, anchor shows, and interview guests of all sorts. Students in Reporting for Broadcast Media will write, shoot and edit packages that will air on the program. And upperclassmen will be able to take leadership roles in the production and direction of the show when they take the Advanced Communications Practicum course. By the end of your college career, Broadcast Journalism majors, as well as students in other majors, will have the opportunity to be an integral part of dozens if not hundreds of episodes of Jackson 24/7.