Dixie State College Broadcast Journalists Launch New News Website, Mobile App

ST. GEORGE, UT (July 21, 2011) Dixie State College communication students recently unveiled a new forum to share the art of broadcast journalism with Southern Utah and throughout the world via the Internet. A brand new website, SouthernUtahNow.com features
news, traffic, weather, and sports stories from throughout the region.

Southern Utah Now News (SUN News) is produced by DSC students mentored by seasoned professionals. Breaking news is shared quickly through the new website and through a mobile application for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. The app is named SUN News by ITX, Corp and is free to download.

“In today’s news, it’s important for students interested in journalism to graduate as a multimedia journalist. We believe this website delivers that opportunity,” SUN News Director and DSC Communication Professor Stace Hall said.

The new website, a collaborative effort between the Dixie State College Communication Department and the Center for Media Innovation, features video and text for news, sports, and feature programming. A comprehensive weather report is available on the website for
Southern Utah communities. Washington County arrests are available free for public viewing, and a community calendar keeps locals up-to-date on events and activities in the surrounding areas.

“When you look at the way news is reported in social media, we wanted to get our viewers involved with the process. This led to a complete overhaul of our website. I think this site promotes people who visit to become part of the action,” Hall said.

The SUN News studio, newsroom, administration, and state-of-the-art production equipment are located in the DSC Jennings Building. The Center for Media Innovation led by 30-time Emmy Award-winning producer Phil Tuckett, and DSC Communication Department Chairman Brent Yergensen also oversees two radio stations and a major digital media production studio.

“It is critical for today’s college student to gain real-world experience to enhance the theory they learn in the classroom. This website will provide a comprehensive look at southern Utah,
something I feel many people will take note of as it originates on the campus of Dixie State College,” Hall said.

The Southern Utah Now News program is supported by DSC, CMI, private donations and promotional dollars from local businesses seeking an opportunity to connect with potential customers online while supporting a thrilling educational adventure.


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