The Journalism and Mass Communication Department has added a “Reality TV” course to its curriculum, allowing students hands-on experience in the creation of a reality television show.

In collaboration with the athletic department, students in the course will follow five student-athletes throughout the Fall 2013 semester. Students will take part in scripting, directing and filming the reality show, with the goal of creating 20 episodes by May 2014.

Dr. Bernie Ankney, the chair of the department, said the course and the reality show to come out of it will highlight Samford’s athletic department and its JMC program.

“We think the athletic department will benefit from video being shot by JMC students,” he said. “At the same time, we think JMC students will gain new skills that will make them more employable.”

“It’s a unique partnership,” he added. “It hasn’t been done before and we think it will be wonderful exposure for Samford and for Samford student athletes.”

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.