Lariat TV News Today Makes History As Baylor’s First Newscast

February 2, 2018
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The Baylor Lariat, Baylor's award-winning campus newspaper, debuted its first broadcast newscast, focusing on Baylor related news and events

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 2, 2018) — The Baylor Lariat, Baylor’s award-winning campus newspaper, debuted its first broadcast newscast, focusing on Baylor related news and events, Friday, Jan. 26.

Baylor journalism students partnered with students in and film and digital media to create the studio news production called Lariat TV News Today. It is believed that the broadcast is the publication’s first newscast in the Lariat’s 117-year history.

(Watch the newscast by clicking here).

Bruce Gietzen, director of student publications at Baylor University, spent 33 years in broadcast journalism across Central Texas before coming to Baylor. He said broadcast is an important element in the news environment. Despite the popular misconception that there are no jobs in broadcast, Gietzen says businesses aren’t dying, they’re changing. News directors in the area are excited about this new development and have been helpful with supplying internships and job opportunities for students.

“Every newscast is like a canvas, and students are getting to paint pictures,” Gietzen said. “I’m very proud of our Lariat students and the production crew in Film & Digital Media downstairs for their work getting this completed. The students are excited, and we will be working to produce these types of shows on Wednesdays and Fridays this semester.”

The newscasts are available on the Baylor Lariat website, YouTube, and the Waco City channel.

Anyone who is interested in participating in the newscast can call The Baylor Lariat at (254) 710-1712 or email Gietzen a

by Joy Moton, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.