Communications Dept. introduces MCN 87 channel to campus community
Misericordia University communications students, seated at their computers, edit their segments for MCN 87 as fast as they can – which seems to be at a snail’s pace to them. Dan Kimbrough, who serves as advisor to MCN 87, the new cable station on the campus of Misericordia University, is switching between the groups, splicing in video here and matching audio there, while also teaching them how to handle the pressures of deadline and production quality simultaneously.
The students have been working on various shows and topics that range from a segment on an episode about local eateries to a full weekly sports show in the studio. “When my first segment was about to air, I felt very accomplished. Filming shoots for video practicum require a lot of time and hard work. There's much more to it than I had ever imagined. Knowing I was a part of creating that first segment left me feeling excited and that I had achieved something I wasn't sure I could do before,” says Amanda Ankner ‘14.
The students are working with MCN 87 for their video practicum, which requires them to log 40 hours of work. The class is a requirement for communications majors, as well as a newspaper and radio practicum to ensure students receive a broad range of pre-professional experience.
Students are in charge of their segments, and do everything from contacting businesses to be featured in a show to editing footage into shows or segments. The segment will not air and the students will not receive credit for their work if they do not successfully manage their ambitious schedule – because professionals in the media industry must always make deadline.
Kimbrough has been testing the network for two years and is ready to have a full-fledged network – much like the one he knew in college. Kimbrough was a producer when he was a student at Central Michigan University. He thinks Misericordia’s executive producer, Brittney Lovette ’14, is up to the job he once had.
“Brittney is a lifesaver when it comes to edit night,’’ says Kimbrough. “I used to have to be there for hours late into Wednesday nights, but now I trust Brittney to get the segments done on time and I know they will look good.”
With the new automation system, the station can set up a full schedule of programming that covers everything from sports to current events.
“I really enjoy the sports show. It is interesting to see what my campus thinks about things. It really reminds me of just a couple of guys talking about sports,” says Corey Reviello ’14, a physical therapy major.
“MU Sports Reporters” is like a “Meet the Press” of sports, according to Kimbrough. The show covers the usual scores and stats, as well as hard-hitting sports journalism. Communications major Josh Horton ‘14 heads up the show with a panel of guests. The 30-minute show is the brain-child of Horton and Arthur McDowell ’14.
“Hey You, MU,” another new program, follows the same magazine style of Cougar Cast, MCN’s past flagship show. “Hey You, MU’’ has three segments: “Zest,” which features local restaurants; “Profiles,” which provides an in-depth look at faculty members’ special projects, and “Backstage Pass,” an arts and entertainment segment.
In addition, Kimbrough’s broadcast journalism class produces the weekly news program, “The Story,” in which the class examines timely news topics.
“The cable station is the one thing in the Communications Department that was lacking, and MCN 87 really brings the whole department up to a new level,” adds Kimbrough.
Photo 1: Misericordia University communications student Daniella DeVivo ‘15, of Lake Ariel, Pa., edits a segment for MCN 87 during the spring semester.
Photo 2: Misericordia University communications student Gabbie Lengyel ‘15, of Wharton, N.J., works to meet her deadline for MCN 87 in the Department of Communications’ suite of editing bays.