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TV host Jason White goes from camera to classroom

June 1, 2017

With years of experience in television, MC22 station manager and Iowa Lakes Community College graduate Jason White is used to being behind the camera — and in front of it. 

Now he’s getting comfortable in front of the classroom, too, as an adjunct instructor in the Digital, Social & Broadcast Productions program at Iowa Lakes.

“At first it was a bit surreal,” White said of teaching in the same college where he earned his own associate’s degree years before. “But in some ways I almost feel as if I am still a student as I believe that I am also there to learn. I learn from faculty and from my students.” 

White’s biggest challenges in teaching include dealing with many types of broadcasting equipment and teaching while troubleshooting the minor problems that come with video production. On the other hand, working with faculty and staff at Iowa Lakes has been easy, he said.

As a student, White helped produce live radio and television shows from campus, where he was able to work with the tools and resources he needed to improve his skills, while also gaining confidence as a non-traditional student.

Jason White, Iowa Lakes Community College adjunct instructor and MC22 station manager, stands in the classroom where he teaches students how to produce video.

Jason White, Iowa Lakes Community College adjunct instructor and MC22 station manager, stands in the classroom where he teaches students how to produce video.

“I had originally intended only to pursue video and audio production, but being able to work on both sides of the camera and mic has been a valuable asset,” White said, explaining that the most important thing he learned at Iowa Lakes was actually “professional networking skills and the confidence to be an on-air personality.”

He graduated from Iowa Lakes in 2000 as a broadcast media specialist and has been an audio and video producer for 17 years. Along with fellow Iowa Lakes grad Tim Kobberman, White hosts “Station Break” and “Okoboji This Week” on MC22.

White said he loves the creativity of the station manager position, and the opportunity to promote communities he believes in. 

“I was surprised at how many different paths a career in broadcasting can take a person,” White said. “This is a challenging, diverse and fun field of employment.”

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