OC Dedicates Kyle Seitsinger Newsroom

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of OC’s new convergence journalism lab, known as the Kyle Seitsinger Newsroom in honor of an OC student killed in the line of duty. 

When Seitsinger, an Army Sergeant, and seven other soldiers were killed in a weapon cache explosion on Jan. 29, 2004, it was the largest U.S. loss of life in Afghanistan to that time. 

Seitsinger was the first Oklahoman killed serving in “Operation Enduring Freedom” and is the only active student in OC’s history to be killed in the line of duty.

Oklahoma Christian remodeled the office previously used for The Talon, OC’s student newspaper, and made it a combined newsroom and studio for The Talon and Eagle Broadcasting to further integrate their reporting.

“Kyle’s story needed to be told,” Distinguished Professor of Mass Communications Dr. Philip Patterson said. “He would be pleased that he was tied into innovation. He had a plan for his life. If this innovation does the same for the students now and gets them on the ground faster than otherwise, he would be thrilled.”

Summer 2015

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