On Sept. 9, the Department of Mass Communications hosted a two-hour Open House to give students an opportunity to tour experiential learning labs located around the campus. Students could take this time to engage with members of each individual concentration and learn how to get involved.
Bluestone is the University of West Georgia’s very own public relations firm. It is the newest edition to the Department of Mass Communications. This first ever student managed public relations firm is located in the Humanities building and features a multitude of opportunities for students to engage in aspects of the public relations field. It also provides students with first hand experience by hosting service-learning projects for a range of clients. Assistant professor, Dr. Hazel Cole, as well as members of the organization were available to speak with students.
The WOLF Internet Radio also opened its doors to students interested in various aspects of radio production. Dr. Brad Yates, who was also available for questions, founded the student-managed station in 2009. The studio is located in the Anthropology Building and has recently been renovated, allowing for a more spacious main studio, guest studio and sports studio. The space also features Mac computer labs for editing and an additional lab for production.
WUTV, formerly know as UTV13, is a functioning, student-managed, high-definition television station that features a newly upgraded control room as well as updated editing suites. Thanks to a generous donation from FOX Sports South, the studio now also features two updated news sets and rear projection capabilities. Students visiting the station had a chance to experience being both in front of and behind the camera. General manager, Sonya Barnes, spoke with students about various aspects of the programming process.
The West Georgian newsroom was also open for students to visit. Editor-in-Chief, Hilary Sigler, and News Editor, Cassidy Chreene, spoke with students about different opportunities within journalism. This student-operated organization provides experience in different aspects of news writing, reporting and photojournalism.