When picking a University such as the University of Oregon, most students’ eyes are glued on the sports 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.
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.’”
Throughout college, Macy Hyland has been known for singing with Mind the Gap, an award-winning UO A cappella group. However, she is also a talented reporter who can achieve anything she puts her mind to. Hyland is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism. She is finishing her last term at the University of Oregon as a first-time reporter for Duck TV. Hyland joined Duck TV because she realized Duck TV would offer her additional experience in her desired field during her post-grad job search.
This term, Macy is joining Duck TV’s sports reporting team. Some of her contributions to Duck TV include game coverage, editing and producing. Being on camera and shooting game footage is just a few aspects of Duck TV that she loves. Her dream job is to work for ESPN as a sports reporter.
When asked how reporting ties into her passion, she explains, “I’ve always wanted to work in reporting and I also have an interest in entertainment reporting. I’ve always enjoyed college football growing up and that led to my desire to become a sports analyst which is where I want to end up someday.”
Her senior advice is to “spend all of your time making sure you are boosting yourself as a job candidate. Your GPA is important but make sure you are doing so much more than that because your GPA is not that important [in the end].”
Thinking about joining Duck TV? Here’s Macy’s advice: “I was scared for a long time to do it and I’m doing it now and I feel like I’m doing it well. That fear was so not grounded in anything so don’t be afraid, there’s no reason [to be].”
Focusing most of his time on his work with the University Film Organization, Tanner Staab initially became a part of Duck TV working as an editor. Staab worked in production for shows such as Yesterday’s News Tonight and The Radventures of Rad Girl, while also branching out into the role of an actor for small parts in various shows. He eventually established a reputation for quality that he feels lead to the opportunity to finally have his pitch chosen for the first time after pitching without success for over a year. Staab’s first show was The Media Wars, for which he worked as the show’s lone writer, director, editor and producer and ultimately went on to win the Force Award for “Best Show of the Term.”
Throughout working with the various responsibilities of each of his positions, Staab feels he has always enjoyed working as an editor the most. He accredits this dedication to the passion, thrill and validation that he feels when he has the opportunity to experience a crowd reacting to something that he’s made.
“Watching a crowd and knowing that in a few seconds they could all laugh because I put in a small sound effect, it made me realize that this was something cool. Something I wanted the chance to do more of,” he said.
At the beginning of his senior year, Staab’s high school introduced a video production class that he quickly enrolled in. However the school had limited confidence in the program and offered little support, resulting in the lack of student access to cameras until half way through the school year. After the class finally received the cameras, Staab was assigned a stop motion project for which he created a video titled Color. This project greatly impressed his instructor, who subsequently shared his video in an email to the entirety of the school’s staff emphasizing the importance of the program and demonstrating the value of student access to creative outlets. In response, the vice principal committed to continuing the program and increasing its annual funding.
When speculating if other students will continue to have access to similar opportunities for artistic expression, Staab wavers between optimism and pessimism. “There will always be people who don’t understand what art and culture bring to this world. It shapes people’s mentalities, their prejudices and ultimately their lives. While businesses and economies may fail, art will last forever,” he explained.
Staab feels that the growing lack of support for arts and arts funding has continued to undermine the tremendous value that artistic expression has to offer. However through it all he remains encouraged stating, “In times of great strife comes great creativity. The great Renaissance artists came after the Dark Ages. When you restrict art you restrict people in general, but people will always find creative ways to still get the job done.”
Staab’s newest show Indiana Johana will air spring term 2017, Wednesday nights at 8 o’clock in Allen Hall room 221 and is also available on the UODuckTV YouTube channel.
Meet Jessie Price, Journalism major at the SOJC and aspiring broadcast journalist. Jessie first discovered her passion for writing her senior year of high school when she joined yearbook class and had to take on the responsibility of developing riveting captions and descriptions that drew readers in. Price also participated regularly in school assemblies and found that she thoroughly enjoyed speaking to publics. Her advanced writing skills combined with her outgoing and spunky personality made Price fit for the camera and ultimately drove her to explore the realms of the SOJC.
Once she acquired full major status, Jessie began considering the plethora of clubs the SOJC had to offer and felt right at home when she committed to Duck TV.
Like most college students, Price’s initial motive to join Duck TV was to enhance her resume. It wasn’t until long though that she realized how well she got along with the sports broadcast team and it was in her deep interest to develop long lasting connections. Soon, Price found herself in front of the camera regularly, covering games and bringing new excitement to the channel. Duck TV didn’t become just a resume builder, but rather an incredible life experience.
This year Jessie has decided to take on a new challenge within Duck TV to produce a documentary short as one of the creative shows this spring term. The short, titled Oregon Profiles, brings forth stories of students on campus who have overcome obstacles and made a name for themselves here at the University of Oregon. The documentary is meant to bring awareness to students that not everyone’s struggle is the same and hopes to inspire others to defy odds and pursue their dreams.
Jessie wishes to continue to be a part of Duck TV next year and build on her experience as a news broadcaster as well as a producer.