USQ CONNECTS: Jamie Dunn, Collective Noun and Late Nite Media feature on the next episode of the student-produced television show Connected.
USQ CONNECTS: Jamie Dunn, Collective Noun and Late Nite Media feature on the next episode of the student-produced television show Connected. CONTRIBUTED

Agro connected with USQ students on their weekly TV show

VIEWERS saw the return of comedian and broadcaster Jamie Dunn on television screens when 31 Digital's variety show, Connected, aired last night.

Produced by University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Creative Arts students, the show caught up with the television and radio personality and his famous puppet, Agro, to share some of their memories.

"I was so impressed with the professionalism of the students and the work they have to do from make-up to floor managing in the studio," said Mr Dunn, who performed as Agro for nearly two decades on the television show Agro's Cartoon Connection.

"I always feel inspired by the younger people working their way up in the industry.

"They're also very lucky they get to learn their craft in such a wonderful facility.

"I went to the control room and thought I was in the control room at CBS in America."

Now in its third year, Connected is a weekly chat show aimed at connecting south-east Queensland by promoting local community groups, places, events and people.

It features the work of 25 USQ Creative Arts students (Film, TV & Radio) and is produced at USQ Springfield's state-of-the-art digital media centre.

USQ lecturer Ashley Jones said the show was a terrific experience for students and provided exceptional benefits to have it shown on 31 Digital.

"Each student gets an understanding of the production process of television and learn a great deal by building their skills in producing, directing and audio," Mr Jones said.

"Connected reaches an audience of about 15,000 viewers per show so it's been well-received in the public.

"The students love the experience and feel very confident by the end of the season."

Student producer Mitchell Drake said the show provided great hands-on experience and helped students grow and develop to reach their full potential within a studio environment.

"It's an honour to work in this studio and loads of fun," he said.

Connected airs on 31 Digital on Wednesdays at 8.30pm. Episodes can also be viewed at http://www.connectedtv.com.au



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