Broadcasting major gets big city experience

tshanaTshana (Guiswite) Jamara ’09
Broadcasting major
Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania

Contributed by Erin Kriner ’09

As a broadcasting major with an emphasis in production, Tshana Jamara ’09 took full advantage of her Philadelphia campus experience by landing an internship at the local ABC television affiliate, WPVI-TV, Channel 6. 

Working with the production staff, Jamara contributed to interviews, served as associate producer to several news magazine segments, and worked on annual television specials such as The Philadelphia Flower Show, the Philadelphia Car Show, and Best in Class. She also wrote several stories for local shows produced by the station and performed voice‐overs for commercials. 

On only her second day, Jamara went along with a co-worker to interview the legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joel for a special on The Electric Factory, a popular performance venue in Philadelphia. Jamara worked on different parts of the special throughout her internship. 

“Some of my most memorable experiences at WPVI‐TV include spending all day shooting B‐roll at the DuPont Mansion in Wilmington, Delaware, covering Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; and interviewing Billy Joel,” said Jamara.

In addition to her experience in the urban setting of Philadelphia, Jamara has also traveled to Honduras with the Messiah College Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research to film, edit, and produce a promotional video. For her senior honors project, Jamara created a short documentary featuring students from Messiah’s Collaboratory and their recent trip to Burkina Faso where students provided educational materials to schools and facilitated financial education for church workers in the village of Nindangou.

“I love the opportunities I have had as a student in the communication department at Messiah,” said Jamara, “especially my time in Philadelphia and my internship. I also appreciate the faculty in the communication department, and their genuine interest and care for their students.”

Currently, Jamara lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is working on a promotional video for the Roswell Tree—an annual charity race that takes place every July in Roswell, Georgia. Jamara filmed the race and edited the video footage, which can be viewed on the organization’s Web site.

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Posted on October 6th, 2009


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