Student Television (Our American Journey)

Over the past several years, the communications industry has undergone a huge transformation. The current digital revolution has redefined the process of communication. Thanks to the mentorship and generosity of Pierson Mapes and the development of a professional relationship with the Vermont National Guard, we have been able to gain an expertise in sophisticated, cutting-edge, and post-production techniques.

Produced by students in the communications program at Norwich University, the series "Norwich Today" and "Our American Journey" have won numerous national awards from professional organizations such as the Society for Professional Journalists and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. These include national first place awards and a College Emmy. The series air on public-access cable as well as on the Burlington, Vt. based CBS affiliate, WCAX-TV. Individual programs have also made appearances on Vermont Public Television and nationally on The History Channel.

The production unit provides video support for the Strategic Information Warfare Unit of the Vermont National Guard and additionally produces "NTV: Norwich Music Television", which features licensed contractual service from the major recording labels. The unit shoots on the Betacam SP tape format and post-production is accomplished with three state-of-the-art Avid Media Composers and a logging station with Adobe Photoshop and a scanner.

Digital media technology is where graduates specializing in video production best connect in the workplace. Recent graduates have a remarkable record of placement in well-known companies. These include Avid Technology, Crimson Technology, ESPN, Lifetime, NBC Network, New England Media Productions, New York University, Nickelodeon, Sony Pictures, The USA Network, WCAX TV/Burlington, WVNY/Burlington, and WBZ-TV/Boston.

Our American Journey currently has three Avids that enable students to create and develop documentaries on a grand scale. The technology that the Avid brings to "Our American Journey" TV studio allows students to learn the tools of the trade that all major television networks use for editing. For more information on Avid Media Composers: www.avid.com/products/composer/index.html.

The cameras that students use are state-of-the-art Sony Betacam SPs. These lightweight yet durable cameras can hold up to a half-hour of footage in any weather condition. These professional grade cameras are what television students use upon entering the media industry.

In addition to the three Avids, a logging station is also used in production. The logging station allows students to sort through camera footage before the advanced editing process begins on the Avids. Usually first year students perform these duties to get more experience before moving onto the Avids. Adobe Photoshop is also used at the logging station. It is hooked to a scanner and lets students improve on still pictures that are also used in programs.

  • 2001, Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1, Second Place, In-Depth Reporting "Vietnam: The Unforgiven"
  • 2000, Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1, First Place, In-Depth Reporting "Martha's Vineyard"
  • 2000, Society of Professional Journalists, National First Place, Videography "Martha's Vineyard"
  • 1999, Silver State Documentary Festival, First Place, Culture "Vietnam: In Country"
  • 1999, Silver State Documentary Festival, First Place, Biography "Calvin Coolidge"
  • 1999, Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 First Place, Documentary "Vietnam: In Country" and Second Place, Documentary "Calvin Coolidge"
  • 1998, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences College Emmy National First Place, Documentary "Vietnam: In Country"
  • 1998, Silver State Documentary Festival, First Place, Culture "Vietnam: Remembrance"
  • 1998, Society of Professional Journalist, Region 1, First Place in three categories: Documentary "Vietnam: Remembrance", Feature "The Wall", and Photography "Shelburne Farms"
  • 1997, National Association of College Broadcasters, National First Place, News Feature "Canoeing"
  • 1997, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, National Second Place, Magazine "Manchester, VT"
  • 1997, National Association of College Broadcasters, National Second Place, Documentary "Boston Hockey"
  • 1996, College Emmy, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, First Place, Region 3, News, Information & Sports "Woodstock, VT"
  • 1996, Silver State Documentary Festival, Second Place, Biography "Shelburne"
  • 1996, National Association of College Broadcasters, National Finalist in three categories: Documentary "Boston Hockey", Magazine Series "Woodstock", News Report "Firefighters" and Sports Report "Special Olympics"
  • 1996, Society of Professional Journalist, Region 1 First Place in two categories: Newscast "Statehouse, Ben & Jerry's, 175 Years of Excellence" and Photography "175 Years of Excellence," and Region 1 Second Place, Feature Story "Special Olympics"
  • 1996, Winner of two Telly Awards "Mt. Washington" and "Boston Irish"
  • 1995, College Emmy, Region 3 First Place, News, Information & Sports "Mt. Washington"
  • 1995, National Association of College Broadcasters, National Finalist in two categories: Magazine Series "Mt. Washington" and News Report "Paintball"
  • 1995, Society Of Professional Journalists, National First Place, Newscast "Manchester, Montreal, Mt. Washington"
  • 1995, Society of Professional Journalists, National First Place, Feature Story "Grand Hotel"
  • 1995, Silver State Documentary Festival, First Place, Biography "Boston Irish"
  • 1995, Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 First Place in four categories: Feature Story "Grand Hotel", Newscast "Montreal, Manchester, and Mt. Washington", Sports "Snowboarding", and Feature Photography "Mt. Washington"
  • 1994, Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1 First Place in three categories: Feature Story "Movie Set", Feature Photography "Northeast Kingdom", and Newscast "Northeast Kingdom, Lake Champlain, and Barre Granite"
  • 1994, Society of Professional Journalists, National First Place, Photography "Northeast Kingdom"
  • 1993, College Emmy, Region 3 First Place "Northeast Kingdom"
  • 1993, National Association of College Broadcasters, Series Finalist "Northeast Kingdom"
  • 1993, National Association of College Broadcasters, Documentary Finalist "Dogsledding"
  • 1992, National Association of College Broadcasters, National First Place, Documentary "Glassblowing"
  • 1992, College Emmy, Region 3 First Place, News, Information & Sports "Sugarbush Soaring"
  • 1991, College Emmy, Region 3 First Place, News, Information & Sports "Culinary Institute"
  • 1991, National Association of College Broadcasters, Documentary Finalist "Rugby"
  • 1990, College Emmy, Region 3 First Place, News, Information & Sports "Vermont's Dairy Industry"