BDTV Director loves his job inspiring future journalists


INDIANAPOLIS — After 18 years as a photojournalist at TV stations throughout the Midwest, together with WRTV, Dennis Goins stated he was prepared for a change.

“I used to be in Salt Lake Metropolis masking the winter Olympics in 2002 and I used to be depressing,” Goins stated. “I known as my spouse and I stated it is time.”


Dennis Goins

Dennis Goins and present WRTV Content material Coordinator Charles Figgs working as photojournalists.

Goins grew up in Rushville, Indiana. He acquired All-State honors in soccer and basketball and went on to play school basketball at Vincennes College and Southern Illinois College —Carbondale. He later went on to graduate from Ball State College

After commencement, Goins grew to become an award-winning photojournalist. He lined all the things from the Sydney, Australia Olympics to Hurricane Andrew.


Credit score: Dennis Goins

“It is humorous how the Lord took me in a circle, bought me collectively, and introduced me again to my old flame,” Goins stated.

Goins stated he at all times had a dream to be a instructor and a coach.

It was at the moment, 20 years in the past, that he came upon Ben Davis Excessive Faculty was on the lookout for somebody to create a curriculum and educate college students broadcast and manufacturing expertise.

“It is type of exceptional to assume you recognize we have been right here for 20 years and the way many individuals you have had an opportunity to, as I say, be the distinction of their life,” Goins stated.

The images on the wall are a visible reminder on a regular basis of the success tales.

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WRTV’s Nicole Griffin

The BDTV class of 2008 options WRTV Anchor Nicole Griffin.

Goins has college students working throughout the nation in movie and media, together with me. I’m a 2008 alumni of the BDTV program. The abilities I discovered in BDTV are expertise I nonetheless use in the present day. I credit score Mr. Goins for sparking my curiosity on this subject and provoking me to be a journalist.

“You might be an instance of what BDTV might be for someone. To consider what you had been doing in 2008 versus the place you are actually, it is a blessing. It offers me chills as a result of you recognize your labor shouldn’t be in useless, as a result of I see the outcome so that may preserve me going for one more 5 or 10 years,” Goins stated.


WRTV’s Nicole Griffin

WRTV Anchor Nicole Griffin and Dennis Goins at WRTV’s seventieth Anniversary get together.

BDTV is part of the Space 31 Profession Heart positioned at Ben Davis Excessive Faculty. Along with Ben Davis, college students from a minimum of 10 different close by faculties can earn twin credit, whereas studying expertise for a variety of careers.

“They arrive into this class and it is a protected atmosphere by which they’ll take dangers, they’ll fail, they’ll rise up, they’ll wipe their sneakers off, and we’re gonna get again to work,” Goins stated.

He stated throughout the pandemic, it was troublesome for college students to supply content material when the varsity was shut down. It was additionally an particularly troublesome time in his private life after shedding his brother and mom, however he stated the scholars saved him pushing ahead as a result of they did not hand over.

“If something these final two years have revitalized me and jogged my memory why I do it. It additionally gave me some pleasure in seeing the youngsters being resilient,” Goins stated.


WRTV’s Nicole Griffin

Dennis Goins works with pupil on enhancing expertise.

Within the 18 years he spent as a photojournalist, he stated he by no means had the chance to be the difference-maker in younger individuals’s lives like he does at BDTV.

“That a part of it has been probably the most rewarding,” Goins stated.


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