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Carolina Insider

Carolina Insider is a series of short newscasts featuring news and information with a hyper-local focus.  Stories affecting UofSC students, Midlands residents and people from across the Palmetto State and Southeast region take center stage.

Students in Power Producing learn to craft shows of their own.  The course is designed to mimic the real-world experience of working in a deadline-driven news environment.

Under the guidance of Dr. Laura Smith, students are assigned to one of two news teams and rotate through a range of editorial and production positions throughout the semester — including producer, associate producer/teleprompter operator, anchor, field reporter, director, technical director, audio operator and floor manager/camera operator.

Click on the links below to watch the most recent shows on YouTube.

Carolina insider

December 6

In this edition of Carolina Insider, democratic candidates try to make a bigger impact on the Palmetto State, a local library takes a stand against fake news, and one of the Midlands’ most important sources of news and information is cutting back. Producer-Will Rioux; AP-Mercy Myers; Anchor-Brendan McDowell; Franchise Reporter-Jacob Sloan; Director-Emma Mondo; Technical Director-Mekyla Alvarado; Audio-Mekyla Alvarado.

Carolina insider

December 4

In this edition of Carolina Insider, roundabouts may throw drivers for a loop but new data show they’re saving lives and cutting down on property damage.  Also, a new tool might help students calculate debt before signing on the bottom line, and local middle school students learn lessons that really matter in the workplace, but they’re not what you might think. Producer-Chloe Rafferty; AP-Cory Peeler; Anchor-Naja Hough; Franchise Reporter-Jacob Sloan; Director-Laurryn Thomas; Technical Director-Leah Kaczmarek; Audio-Mekyla Alvarado; Floor manager/Cameras-Emma Mondo.

Carolina insider

November 22

In this edition of Carolina Insider, a new poll shows a single candidate with a commanding lead in the race for the democratic nomination for President, more trouble for a recently suspended UofSC fraternity, and major renovations are coming for an historic property in Columbia. Producer-Brendan McDowell; AP-Will Rioux; Anchor-Laurryn Thomas; Franchise Reporter-Emma Mondo; Director-Mekyla Alvarado; Technical Director-Mercy Myers; Audio-Cory Peeler.

Carolina insider

November 20

In this edition of Carolina Insider, the democratic primary just got a more interesting for the Palmetto State, after Columbia’s mayor adds his endorsement to a potential new candidate.  We have local reaction to Twitter’s new political ad ban.  And architects seek student input on plans for a new student union. Producer-Naja Hough; AP-Chloe Rafferty; Anchor-Jacob Sloan; Franchise Reporter-Laurryn Thomas; Director-Leah Kaczmarek; Technical Director-Cory Peeler; Audio-Mercy Myers; Floor manager/Cameras-Emma Mondo.

Carolina insider

November 15

In this edition of Carolina Insider, two regional hospitals get top grades for their treatment of patients, another craft brewery opens amidst a regional brewery boom, and a local artist hits a brick wall in support of a beloved Columbia musician. Producer-Mercy Myers; AP-Brendan McDowell; Anchor-Emma Mondo; Franchise Reporter-Mekyla Alvarado; Director-Mercy Myers; Technical Director-Will Rioux; Audio-Chloe Rafferty; Floor manager/Cameras-Leah Kaczmarek.

Carolina insider

November 13

In this edition of Carolina Insider, another UofSC fraternity finds itself in hot water over hazing,  the search is on for another key leader at the University, and a local business finds itself at the center of the pinball universe. Producer-Jacob Sloan; Anchor-Naja Hough; Franchise Reporter-Leah Kaczmarek; Director-Cory Peeler; Technical Director-Chloe Rafferty; Audio-Will Rioux; Floor manager/Cameras-Mekyla Alvarado.

Carolina insider

November 8

 In this edition of Carolina Insider, plans are in the words for a new student union and you can have a say, local business owners find new opportunities to expand in the Midlands, and find out where the flu is heating up in the Palmetto state this week. Producer-Emma Mondo; Anchor-Mekyla Alvarado; Franchise Reporter-Mercy Myers; Director-Will Rioux; Technical Director-Brendan McDowell; Audio-Chloe Rafferty; Floor manager/Cameras-Cory Peeler.

Carolina Insider

November 6

In this edition of Carolina Insider, the end is in sight for drivers who’ve spent the past few weeks driving around a stubborn sinkhole, a new kind of hotel is taking hold in the Midlands, and Gamecocks heat up airwaves as four different sports get TV-time. Producer-Laurryn Thomas; AP-Jacob Sloan; Anchor-Leah Kaczmarek; Franchise Reporter-Cory Peeler; Director-Chloe Rafferty; Technical Director-Naja Hough; Audio-Brendan McDowell; Floor manager/Cameras-Mercy Myers.

Carolina Insider - November 1

November 1

In this edition of Carolina Insider, some South Carolina lawmakers discuss the future of the state’s controversial fetal heart beat bill, the hits just keep on coming as Carolina football players tackle their next conference opponent, and out on the green, a local past time has a hard time making par.  Producer-Mekyla Alvarado; AP-Emma Mondo; Anchor-Mercy Myers; Franchise Reporter-Will Rioux; Director-Brendan McDowell; Technical Director-Jacob Sloan; Floor manager/Cameras-Chloe Rafferty.

Carolina Insider

October 30

In this edition of Carolina Insider, there’s something in the water that’s affecting local businesses, Columbia entrepreneurs join in on the brewery boom, and U-S-C’s student government advocates for a seat at the table. Producer-Leah Kaczmarek ; AP-Laurryn Thomas; Anchor-Cory Peeler; Franchise Reporter-Chloe Rafferty; Director-Naja Hough; Technical Director-Jacob Sloan; Audio-Brendan McDowell; Floor manager/Cameras-Will Rioux.

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October 25

In this edition of Carolina Insider, President Donald Trump comes to Columbia, a local art center is TAPPed out and moving out of town, and UofSC student government encourages students to ask the right question to Break the Stigma. Producer-Mercy Myers; AP-Mekyla Alvarado; Anchor-Will Rioux; Franchise Reporter-Brendan McDowell; Director-Jacob Sloan; Technical Director-Emma Mondo; Audio-Laurryn Thomas; Floor manager/Cameras-Naja Hough.

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October 23

In this edition of Carolina insider, a Gamecock football player is off the team after being charged with domestic violence, senate lawmakers debate the state’s proposed fetal heartbeat bill, and UofSC students get some spooky relief from mid-term stress – and it’s alcohol free. Producer-Cory Peeler; AP-Leah Kaczmarek; Anchor-Chloe Rafferty; Franchise Reporter-Naja Hough; Director-Jacob Sloan; Technical Director-Laurryn Thomas; Audio-Emma Mondo; Floor manager/Cameras-Brendan McDowell.


Archived Newscasts

Carolina Insider

April 26, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, an update on UofSC’s search for a new president, renovations get underway for a home-away-from-home on campus, and find out how social media has shifted from a communication tool to a source of income for some college students. Producer-McKenna Cieslak; AP-Carolina Wolfe; Anchor-Callista Brown; Franchise Reporter-Michael Stacy; Director-Angela Howell; Technical Director-RoseCatherine James; Audio-Drew Hill; Floor Manager/Cameras-Emily Aysse.

Carolina Insider

April 24, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, the man suspected of killing a UofSC student failed to appear in court this week.  Find out why.  Four men vying for the post of UofSC President come to campus — bringing some controversy with them.  And students hitting the job market have a free source for professional clothing at their fingertips. Producer-Anna King; AP-Sarah Pritchard; Anchor-Eli Brand; Franchise Reporter-Emily Aysse, Director Alexander Shepard; Technical Director-Drew Hill; Audio-RoseCatherine James; Floor Manager/Cameras-Michael Stacy.

Insider former vp

April 19, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, Columbia’s mayor proposes a new set of rules to change the rideshare culture and protect customers in the wake of a student murder, Columbia’s  streets could be in for some changes in honor of women, and York County residents respond to news that the Carolina Panthers may come their way. Producer-Callista Brown; AP-McKenna Cieslak; Anchor-Carolina Wolfe; Franchise Reporter- Michael Stacy; Director-RoseCatherine James; Technical Director-Caroline Wolfe; Audio-Sarah Pritchard; Floor Manager/Cameras-Alexander Shepard.

Insider former vp

April 17, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, a longtime Palmetto State leader and political icon is memorialized after decades of political service, an on-campus initiative to save lives takes to the streets, and find out just how much money UofSC raised in a day to support programs and services on campus. Producer-Eli Brand; AP-Anna King; Anchor-Emily Aysse; Franchise Reporter-Alexander Shepard; Director-Drew Hill; Technical Director-Sarah Pritchard; Audio-Caroline Wolfe; Floor Manager/Cameras-Angela Howell.

Insider former vp

April 12, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, a former vice president heads to the Palmetto State to deliver the eulogy for a longtime state leader, a bill making its way through the state house would create new opportunities for soon-to-be high school graduates, and time is running out for you to get up close and personal with the work of a world-renowned painter. Producer-Michael Stacy; AP-Callista Brown; Anchor- Angela Howell; Franchise Reporter- RoseCatherine James; Director-Caroline Wolf; Technical Director-McKenna Cieslack; Audio-Anna King; Floor Manager/Cameras-Drew Hill.

Public school

April 10, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, the struggle to find teachers for South Carolina’s public schools is leading to an international change, state lawmakers seek to make drinkers — and our streets — safer by toughening up training rules for businesses that serve alcohol, and the UofSC police department dispels rumors that an important campus safety measure is on its way out. Producer-Emily Aysee; AP-Elijah Brand; Anchor- Alexander Shepard;  Franchise Reporter-Drew Hill; Director-Sarah Pritchard; Technical Director- Anna King; Audio-McKenna Cieslak; Floor Manager/Cameras-RoseCatherine James.

Insider interview

April 5, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, state lawmakers introduce new legislation to enhance rideshare safety following the murder of a UofSC student, the University’s police force adds two new recruits — but they’re not what you might expect.   And reading help is on the way for struggling third graders across the midlands.  Producer-Angela Howell; AP-Michael Stacy; Anchor-RoseCatherine James; Reporter-Caroline Wolfe; Director-McKenna Cieslack; Technical Director-Callista Brown; Audio-Elijah Brand; Floor Manager/Cameras-Sarah Pritchard.

Carolina Insider street interview

April 3, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, the Columbia community grieves as a UofSC student is laid to rest following a murder in Five Points, residents gather on the Statehouse grounds to rally for gun control, and the university community tackles obesity without saying a word. Producer-Alexander Shepard; AP-Emily Aysse; Anchor-Drew Hill; Reporter-Sarah Pritchard; Director-Anna King; Technical Director- Elijah Brand; Audio Callista Brown; Floor Manager/Cameras-Caroline Wolfe.

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March 30, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, a range of new laws make their way through the state legislature that could impact the lives of people across the Palmetto State, one bill could change the way student conduct violations are brought to light on campus, and tip-off time is set for the Lady Gamecock as they take their show on the road for the Sweet-16. Producer-RoseCatherine Janes; AP-Angela Howell; Anchor-Caroline Wolfe; Reporter-McKenna Cieslak; Floor Manager/Cameras-Anna King; Director-Callista Brown; TD-Michael Stacy; Audio-Emily Aysse.

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March 27, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, a major retailer plans to set up shop in Columbia, a host of politicians head to the Palmetto State to woo voters, and a civil rights icon enlightens, engages and encourages future legal minds.  Producer-Drew Hill; AP-Alexander Shepard; Anchor-Sarah Pritchard; Reporter-Anna King; Floor Manager/Cameras-McKenna Cieslak; Director- Elijah Brand; TD-Emily Aysse; Audio-Michael Stacy.

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March 20, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, March Madness heads to Columbia, state lawmakers propose to take cell phones out of the hands of drivers, and UofSC enters a new partnership to help students who struggle to find parking. Producer-Sarah Pritchard; AP-Drew Hill; Anchor-Anna King; Reporter-Elijah Brand; Floor Manager/Cameras-Callista Brown; Director-Emily Aysse; TD-Alexander; Audio-Angela Howard.

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March 22, 2019

In this edition of Carolina Insider, a UofSC Volleyball player takes her talents to a bigger court, Lexington residents take issue with plans to build a new local school, and a local animal rescue organization launches a program help military veterans care for their pets when times get tough. Producer-Caroline Wolfe; AP-RoseCatherine James; Anchor-McKenna Cieslak; Reporter-Callista Brown; Floor Manager/Cameras-Elijah Brand; Director-Michael Stacy; TD-Angela Howell; Audio-Alexander Shepard.


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