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UI-7 helps students send video Valentines

Danielle Reading '12 ADV
2/14/2011  4:45 pm

Video ValentinesValentine's Day is upon us, and couples were very creative this year in getting their message to their loved one. This year, UI-7, the cable television service of the College of Media, made it even easier with a Valentine’s Day promotion allowing students to record love notes that aired on the station all weekend.

The brains (and heart) behind the Valentines videos, Kayla Flam '12 MEDIA STUDIES, UI-7 video intern, spent hours this past week giving students the mic so they could to get their message to their loved ones.

UI-7's Video Valentines

"Their messages will be on the cable channel, UI-7, and posted on Facebook, so those whose Valentines aren’t in Champaign-Urbana can see them, too," said Flam.

These short, sweet messages are just what someone needs to hear when far away from home, said Flam. At first she didn’t get a lot of response from her offer to record people's Valentines videos.

"A lot of people are shy and not used to being on camera,” said Flam, “but because these are Valentines Day messages they can be meaningful. It’s expressing your love for someone."

Flam herself recorded a video Valentine to her boyfriend and her cat. Other people mentioned their families, pets, or boyfriends or girlfriends.

"I would like to say Happy Valentines Day to myself," said Zach Groth, one of the students who dared to get in front of the camera.

After Flam records all the Valentines, she edited them together for airing on UI-7.

Even though the work may seem intense for such a shot time period, Flam really enjoyed putting the messages on Facebook for other students to hear what their friends really think about Cupid's holiday.

"I hope to get a lot of people to do Valentines Day messages, also spread the word of UI 7 as an actual channel since it is fairly new they want more people to know about it," said Flam.

To see what students had to say to their loved ones, who are missed off campus, check out UI-7 online or the channel's Facebook page. This is just another example of a College of Media student using their skills they may have learned through courses and turn them into something more.

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