Banana Slug News

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Banana Slug News
Also known as BSN
Genre College News Program
Location(s) Press Center
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Production company(s) University of California, Santa Cruz
Original release 2005, 2010
External links

Banana Slug News is a broadcast news program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As a subset of Student Media at UCSC, the news group broadcasts live on UCSC's on-campus television station, SCTV Channel 28.

BSN was created in December 2004 by a group of Film and Digital Media students seeking production opportunities otherwise not provided by the University. BSN became a community studies class in Fall 2005 (2 units of course credit were originally awarded in Spring 2005) as a way to receive course credit for time and energy put into the laborious broadcast. As of Winter 2010, BSN ceased receiving its university funding and became an independent, student-run journalism program.

Banana Slug News is the only television news source on the UC Santa Cruz campus.


Three times a quarter news team members film, write, edit, and produce segments on news pertaining to the campus and surrounding communities.

Anchored through the use of a virtual set, current events are intercut with prerecorded news pieces ranging from voice-over recaps of events to full-length investigative news reports.


The main core of the program features news developments from the two weeks between production nights.

There are two reoccurring features:

SlugCenter - an anchored segment that delivers UCSC sports highlights and upcoming home and away events.

Global News - A prerecorded segment where news from around the world is reported on.

Lead Staff[edit]

Banana Slug News[edit]

  • Executive Producer - Pauline Ditsch & Alex Owens (2013 – Present)
  • Editor-In-Chief - Joseph Hansen & Renee Sheets (2013–Present)
  • Technical Director - Gabriel Beddoes (2013–Present)

Previous Executive Producers[edit]

  • Frank Nunez (2005-2007)
  • Kailey Offerman (2007-2008)
  • Noah Chamow (2008-2010)
  • Ryan Anderson (2010–2011)
  • Pierce Crosby (2010–2011)
  • Ruby Tarzian (2012-2013)