HTV, Twitch and the animals

HTV live stream this weekendHenderson

HTV is on campus in Arkansas Hall.

Graphic courtesy of HTV.

HTV is on campus in Arkansas Hall.

Story by Zac Walthall, Student Reporter

A relatively new form of media, live streaming is an entertainment method that has recently exploded onto the scene.

Because of its mass appeal to the younger generations, many YouTube channels have cropped up around the idea of streaming video games, which lead to the creation of popular streaming service Twitch.

In an attempt to cash in on this new craze in media, members of the Henderson State University Mass Media department has planned to hold their own stream to raise money for charity.

I spoke with Leighton Hall, a senior mass media major, who is in charge of the project. “The goal of mass media to teach students how media works and new ways media is evolving.” The group running the stream is composed of mainly of students and teachers that are derived from the parent department, using their knowledge of emerging technologies in order to run the stream as efficiently as possible. Several members have taken the helm, setting up their game systems and testing compatibility with the screen-grabbing equipment before the day of the stream.

This comes almost a year after their first one, which Hall says drummed up a good deal of interest.

The society that the mass media department will donating to is the Arkadelphia Humane Society, a no kill, non-profit shelter that requires a good deal of funds to operate correctly. Hall hopes that the live stream will bring in a good deal of donations, which will then be used to contribute to the Humane Society’s various expenses, ranging from food costs, vaccinations, and both spaying and neutering.

You can find more information about their mission and donate at

The mass media department invites all to partake and enjoy the stream, which can be viewed on Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m..

Those interested can find it on the Henderson Television Twitch channel.