YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University’s student-run news program, Jambar TV, has received a $100,000 donation from the Jane F. Lamb Charitable Foundation.
The donation will allow YSU to improve the capabilities of Jambar TV with the addition of a new multiplatform software system for the newsroom, according to a news release. The updated system will enable students to gain experience in an environment that mirrors a professional news setting and will provide the opportunity to add a television studio to the Jambar newsroom, located adjacent to the food court in Kilcawley Center.
Managing Editor and Executive Producer Abigail Cloutier said Jambar staff was surprised to receive the donation but are excited to use the money to go toward improving equipment and software to help improve the newsroom experience for the staff.
Cloutier said the new equipment will help students gain experience in journalism before going into the field.
"We've been talking about new newsroom software and other ways that we could give the students a real life experience,” Cloutier said.
Jambar TV was launched in August 2019. The show is produced by the same editorial staff that publishes the print edition of The Jambar and the digital version at thejambar.com.
During its first year, Jambar TV was awarded first place by the Society for Collegiate Journalists in the category of "Television News Show, Overall Excellence."
“Jane would be pleased to assist YSU students with careers in journalism. Education was important to her,” James H. Sisek, trustee of the Jane F. Lamb Charitable Foundation, said in the release.