For the first time, Fresno State’s Department of Media, Communications and Journalism will partner with the Asian College of Journalism for Pop Up Newsroom, an experimental broadcast focusing on culture that will air live at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 1.

MCJ’s participation came about through connections made via the department’s participation in the Global News Relay, an annual global newscast that will take place again this spring.

This will be a talk show-style program focusing on the theme of “culture,” with students using the app “BeLive.” Topics of discussion will pertain to culture and diversity around the world.

Founded in 2012, Pop Up Newsroom is a global collaboration among journalism programs from universities around the world in Germany, India, Lebanon, the Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S.

The program will air in Chennai, India, from 4 to 6 p.m. this Thursday. Here in Fresno, it will air from 2:30 to 4:30 a.m. The broadcast will be made available later on social media.

Broadcast journalism students Matt Broughton, Elisa Navarro, Vanessa Romo, Razmik Canas and Bobby Falat will go live from the Speech Arts TV studio with live talkbacks and interviews on the Cross Cultural and Gender Center, Polynesian Dance Club, Armenian Genocide Memorial and sports culture. Romo will host Fresno State’s segment from the studio and will toss live to Broughton, Navarro, Canas and Falat.

Faith Sidlow said 20 universities worldwide are signed up for this year’s Global News Relay, which will take place on Monday, April 23.