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
Running time Biweekly 3 times per quarter
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)