TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In honor of National News Engagement Day, The University of Alabama’s College of Communication and Information Sciences hosted news trivia night. Almost 200 students attended the series of game shows hosted by Dr. Chris Roberts in Graves Hall. Freshman journalism major T.J. Parks said, “Get ready. When Dr. Roberts gives a lecture, it’s going to be a show.”
Roberts entertained the crowd through news-related renditions of Family Feud, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Jeopardy. With each new game, Roberts revealed another of his news themed shirts. He started the night with maybe seven shirts on and peeled them off one layer at a time.
Students earned prizes for correct answers. The most popular items, by far, were the telecommunications and film department t-shirts. Elizabeth Selmarten, a public relations major, competed on Who Wants to be a Millionaire and won a tumbler stuffed with every other available prize for her efforts. “Reading the news is something I love to do daily,” Selmarten said. “All my news reading paid off when I got every answer right.”
This was the first ever National News Engagement Day which was promoted by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Alabama students participated using hashtags on Twitter such as #BAMANED and #GetCaughtReading while posting photos of themselves reading the newspaper on social media. Many professors offered extra credit for participation.
The College of Communication and Information Sciences also hosted a cookout on the Reese-Phifer lawn in addition to their game show night.