First, and above everything, the Department of Communication main purpose is to educate and train students with practicum experience. Gaining hands on experience will allow our students to be ready for the professional work place upon graduation. Second, our purpose is to educate the community about local events and activities, as well as provide information about the University and local events happening on campus.
MVSU operates a noncommercial educational radio station and production training center, WVSD 91.7. The station, staffed by the university employees, broadcasts 24-hours each weekday in a 15-mile unidirectional radius. The station is housed in the Education Building and has state-of-the-art equipment in its control and production rooms. The transmitter and antenna for the station are located on the northeast end of the populated campus area.
The radio station is equipped with:
- CartWorks by dmb Systems, Inc.: automated on air announcer
- Vegas 6.0: editing software used for producing commercials
- Sportsjuice.com Encoder: used to broadcast sports all over the world via computer
- D-16 Digital Audio Console: used for on air announcing and broadcasting. Students are trained on this console.
- Marantz Recorder: used for off-site interviews
- Mixers: used for live remotes
MVSU Sports Network broadcasts and web casts football games, SWAC basketball games (men/women), select baseball, softball, and volleyball games, SWAC Tournament games, The Play Makers, The Coach’s Show.
WVSD/WKXG (Greenwood) broadcasts The Human Factor. And on WVSD you can tune into The Echo, The Turning Point, and The Brunch.
DELTA DEVILS GAZETTE
MVSU publishes a student newspaper by the students for the students 2-4 times a semester. The newspaper is completely staffed by students, predominantly journalism majors.
The Journalism Lab, housed in OPL Education Building, is as up to date as any modern newsroom. The paper uses state-of-the-art computer hardware from Apple/Mac and software from companies such as Adobe, Microsoft, etc. From the high-speed Internet connections used for research, to composing stories with Word and Text Edit, to shooting, downloading and editing digital images on Photoshop, the paper uses real world applications to produce real world news products.
The Gazette Executive and Managing Editors have a separate offices, both with iMac workstations, close to the newsroom and the Faculty Adviser’s office. The newsroom itself is spacious and well illuminated, and kept cold enough to offset the heat of all the combined computer hardware.
Currently, there are 14 state-of-the-art iMac workstations in the newsroom. Nine of these are iMac W/ the Mac OS X 10.6.7 operating system & 21.5 in LCD screens. These are used for page design and photo editing. The other iMac workstations have smaller screens and are used for writing and editing assignments.
The Delta Devils Gazette’s equipment includes the following:
- iMac stations: Used for writing, editing stories, editing photos with PhotoShop, also layout and designing pages with InDesign.
- High output large format Kodak color printer other and three personal color printers.
- High resolution HP scanner.
- Dual purpose Fuji Fine Pix 750: used for shooting high pixel still .JPG files and also for short (up to 30 minutes) video files. In April of 2011 we have ordered the new Canon OES Digital SLR for shooting news events and four more 21.5 in iMacs for page design and photo editing.