CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — The National Public Radio affiliate in Cape Girardeau is now teamed up with the student-run newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, and people involved say the partnership is proving beneficial for both.

The Southeast Missourian reports that the student paper, The Arrow, and KRCU-FM joined forces at the start of the fall semester.

Arrow faculty adviser Tamara Zellars Buck said the affiliation has been in the works for years and so far, things are going smoothly.

The Department of Mass Media had a radio station until 2014. Buck said that since then, the department has been seeking a way to give students another facet of experience.

"The idea is, students at The Arrow are doing primarily campus news, but will go out for special coverage," KRCU general manager Dan Woods said. "If it's a story we were interested in, especially if it has broad appeal to our audience beyond the campus community, we'll ask them to capture audio, too."

Woods said listeners win because they get more content, KRCU benefits from the fresh energy and new ideas, and students earn valuable experience.

Buck said the students "get more than a classroom experience. It's experiential learning between courses, and a bigger experience with professional partners."

One recent story cited the growing concerns about "jungle juice" — a drink made up of sugary juices and hard alcohol — at student parties. Another detailed former SEMO student Kevin Windham's run for a seat in the Missouri House. Windham won the Democratic primary for Missouri's 85th District in August and faces Republican Steven McKnight in the November general election.

"This university is all about real-world, practical experience," Woods said. "This feeds right into that."

KRCU has a long history of affiliation with the university. Buck said the station has its origins at Southeast's Grauel Building. The original signal carried only a few blocks off campus.

Today, KRCU can be heard as far as the southern part of St. Louis, about 100 miles away.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, http://www.semissourian.com