When picking a University such as the University of Oregon, most students’ eyes are glued on the sport
s teams, greek life and beautiful campus. However, for freshman Jassy McKinley, she was head over heels for the U of O as soon as she heard about Duck TV.
McKinley was exposed to broadcasting at a young age when she went on a school field trip to a local news station as well as when she had a teacher whose husband was a news reporter and meteorologist. She had instantly developed a passion for broadcasting. McKinley is now a Super Journalism major, or “Super J” and in her third term of the news broadcasting team for Duck TV where she works diligently, digging deep in local and national events going on in the world. She also films, does B-roll for packages, VOSOTs and VO’s. She has also been a meteorologist for an episode and has had experience anchoring for the news shows. McKinley has reported on issues such as student worker wages and the national student walk out.
As Mckinley reflects back on her experience the past two terms and this current term, she says, “ broadcasting is my passion, the SOJC has so many opportunities and Oregon and the Duck TV program have been a dream from the beginning.” She is thankful for the skills Duck TV has taught her such as how to use the switch board graphics and several other techniques that will help her prosper in the years to come.
The atmosphere, creativity and passion are what keep McKinley motivated and she loves the people Duck TV has surrounded her with. She refers to them as family.
By Katie Zandi
Tyler Grahame started getting involved with DuckTV only this term. She has been able to create so many memories that she is fond of in just this short amount of time. Throughout high school she was very active in her school’s theater program. Since becoming a Duck she has lost that part of her life and miss it. When auditions rolled around for spring term she decided to jump at the chance of being an actress in DuckTV. Having friends already involved who enjoy the time they put in for the shows really helped her say “why not” and join. She decided to compile her list of memories from this term she will not forget.
“Playing the sweet, clueless weather girl Rain Ershine in Channel Zero News. I love pretending to be a part of a fake news team that is trying to keep themselves from getting fired, even though they continue to screw up. It’s a new situation for me, so it’s fun to get out of my comfort zone.”
“Taking a photo with Puddles and some cast members. The duck was walking around Allen for some event and came into the news studio and was just messing around, so a few of us took a photo with him. We were all star struck! I had never met or taken a photo with the duck before.”
3. Force Award
“Winning the Force Award for our first episode this term. Our cast and crew was super excited and even more motivated to continue to make hilarious episodes.”
4. The Audition
“Bonding with Billy Manggala during the auditions over our mutual love for the comedy show, ‘Seinfeld.’”