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'DRAKELINE WEEKLY' Opens Ninth Season

January 30, 2007

CONTACT: John Lytle, Levitt professor of journalism and mass communication, 515-271-2524

"DRAKELINE WEEKLY" returns to Des Moines-area cable viewers of The College Channel 16 for a 12-program season Thursday, Feb. 1.

Twenty-three electronic media students are collaborating on the quarter-hour programs airing live at 4 p.m.  Each newscast replays at 5 and 7 p.m. and is also live-streamed and archived at http://www.drakeline.com/. Downloadable iPod versions provide more flexible viewing.

As their capstone project, DrakeUniversity’s radio-television and broadcast news majors plan and produce every aspect of the news magazine. 

Broadcast news senior Cari Howard from Davenport, Iowa, produces and radio-tv senior Matt Holland from Libertyville, Ill., directs the first newscast. Jarrett Schneider from Renwick, Iowa, anchors the first show.    

Students apply their prerequisite class skills and disciplines to television reporting, photography, editing, program design and deadline studio production. Reporters cover stories across Greater Des Moines but especially those emanating from the Statehouse and Des Moines city government.   

Students recast their material for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s DrakeDigitalNews.com and KDRA-LP, "94-1 The Dog."

The first "DRAKELINE" series aired during spring 1993 and won a regional Student Emmy. Until 2005, students produced during alternate spring semesters.  The activity now occurs annually.

"DRAKELINE WEEKLY" welcomes story ideas or additional feedback from its viewers through DRAKELINE@Drake.edu.