FDU will soon be on TV … or at least on YouTube.
A student-run television club that will broadcast through its own YouTube channel is now officially in the works for the upcoming fall semester.
The television station, currently called FDU TV, is still in the process of becoming a club, but is expected to have a full executive board, as well as a set of shows that will broadcast beginning in the fall.
FDU TV will be the first television broadcast club on the College at Florham campus.
The station was founded by Michael Pecci, who graduated from FDU and is currently a graduate assistant in the Department of Communication Studies, and Jaclyn DePinho, a current junior at FDU.
The station will consist of a variety of shows ranging from scripted to non-scripted series and potentially even news broadcasts, Pecci explained.
The shows will be entirely student-run and students will have flexibility to handle their creations in whatever ways that they’d like.
The shows, otherwise referred to as “web series,” are expected to air on a weekly basis.
Each series will be given a specific time slot during the week. Students will upload a new video onto FDU TV’s YouTube channel during their specified time slot.
The station doesn’t currently have an office or space on campus for students to film their shows.
Therefore, students will have to film their series at a location of their own convenience.
“We want to function like a regular TV station,” said Pecci.
Pecci hopes that once the YouTube channel is running smoothly, the station can potentially upgrade to having its own, physical location on campus where students will be able to film their series.
“We have to make this a real thing in order for it to grow,” he said.
DePinho, a communication studies major with a minor in journalism, thought having a television station at FDU would be a great opportunity for students.
“I realized that many Comm majors at FDU wanted to do more than print and radio journalism, including myself,” said DePinho. “I thought that if it could work, it would really be a good idea. It would give students real television hands-on experience, which right now FDU Madison does not offer.”
All students, regardless of major, can join FDU TV.
FDU TV already has had a handful of interest meetings.
“This is only the first step,” said Pecci. “We have to start somewhere.”
If students are interested in joining FDU TV, they can e-mail FDUMadisonTV@gmail.com for more information.