CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Mass Media offers its students a hands-on approach to producing news and informational programming. The school uses a two-hour block of time each morning on the local CW affiliate (part of the CBS station) and a 30-minute block on a weekly basis for the local Fox affiliate. The university also produces and streams live from 100 Ohio Valley Conference sporting events including multicamera programs for football, soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, softball and baseball.
Dr. Jim Dufek, the department’s operations manager and production director, works with Department Engineer Tom White to identify equipment needs. To improve the quality of the department’s programming content, an array of monitors from Marshall Electronics were added to the workflow to improve the students’ ability to clearly and accurately monitor both its in-studio and on-location news segments.
“When shooting sports in an open environment (sun, rain, clouds, etc.,) the Marshall monitors allow the students to create and produce a better shot,” said Dufek. “In a darkened theatre, what the camera sees is what the audience should see from the live performance. The Marshall monitors help us capture the mood and emotional element that is attached to the story. We’re in the education business and it’s our job to create great storytellers by capturing live events, producing news content and short stories. With the right tools, the students can see the difference and do a better job.”
The TV and film students work on a variety of programming to help hone their skills for storytelling. Students are required to work on TV programming that includes news, public affairs, news magazine, cultural arts and promotional work. The students are responsible for writing, shooting and editing, and serve in all capacities of the crew from producer, director and camera operator to audio editors and mixers.