From Southeastern Channel to ESPN

The Southeastern Channel led Gabrielle Cox and Dylan Domangue to ESPN+.

The Southeastern Channel is an educational broadcast opportunity for students to learn and develop skills about broadcasting, video editing, producing and directing through hands-on experience.

Gabrielle Cox poses for a photo before reporting for the Saints game. Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Cox.

Senior communication major Dylan Domangue credits the channel for allowing him to not only do those things but giving him the chance to grow as a reporter and an anchor since coming to Southeastern Louisiana University in 2016.

“I have been to many workshops where I have networker with those that could very well be my bosses one day,” said Domangue. “I have also had the opportunity to be nominated and win national awards for reporting and videography. I can’t thank the channel enough for giving me the chance to do what I love for a living.”

According to The Southeastern Channel’s website, the channel is on-the-air 24/7 that is reachable in 92,000 homes across the Northshore area in Louisiana. While also The Southeastern Channel is reachable by streaming Video on Demand across the United States and 47 countries.

“Leaving LSU after my freshman year was the best decision I ever made,” said senior communication major Gabrielle Cox. “Tiger TV does not even compare to The Southeastern Channel. I’ve been able to learn the ins and outs of writing, reporting, studio work and being an anchor through working for The Big Game, Northshore News and even the classes we take. I have already had job offers from news stations, and that is proof that Southeastern is doing it right.”

ESPN to Southeastern

Both Domangue and Cox were given the chance to report for ESPN and received praise and critiques to better themselves as sportscasters.

Dylan Domangue (right) and John Satori (left) pose for a photo after winning first place in live sports broadcasting at a broadcast awards show. Photo courtesy of Dylan Domangue.

Cox said her experience with ESPN validated her thoughts of being a sportscaster and that she feels a sense of accomplishment.

“I remember thinking, ‘I’m not reporting for the Southland Network anymore, this is ESPN,’” said Cox. “Not to mention that my boss told me that since it is ESPN, they give critiques and if they don’t think someone did a good job, they will tell us not to put them back in front of the camera. So I knew when I was asked to do it twice that I did a good job.”

Cox explained that seeing the mic in her hand with the red E on it as a college student was everything she dreamed of.

As students, the experience was exciting but also nerve-wracking, explained both Domangue and Cox.

“The week before the game and during the game, our heads were focused on making this a successful broadcast but when it was over, we sat back and thought, ‘Wow we just produced a game for ESPN,’” said Domangue.

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