LOS ANGELES May 7 ABC News, looking to bolster
its connection with younger viewers, plans to open bureaus this
autumn on the campuses of five universities across the United
States, the network said on Wednesday.
While offering on-the-job training to aspiring journalists,
ABC News said it would gain greater insights into the lives of
the 33 million U.S. 18-to-25-year-olds -- a demographic every
major network news division is striving hard to reach.
"These college digital bureaus will extend the
news-gathering reach of ABC News throughout the country," ABC
News President David Westin said in a statement on Wednesday.
Students will report on local stories in multimedia news
bureaus encompassing online and broadcast technology. Their
work will be used on various ABC News outlets, including the
television shows "Good Morning America," "World News with
Charles Gibson" and "Nightline," ABC News Radio and
Students selected as bureau chiefs will receive on-site
training at ABC News headquarters in New York, the network
The initiative will be launched in journalism schools at
Arizona State University, Syracuse University, University of
Florida, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and
University of Texas at Austin.
ABC is a unit of the Walt Disney Co. (DIS.N)
(Reporting by Syantani Chatterjee; Editing by Steve Gorman)