written by Shari Sentlowitz | Market Development Manager, Education Solutions
Named for its most illustrious alumnus, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is highly regarded nationwide by educators and professionals. It has won national and regional Emmys for student television productions, is nationally ranked 4th in television news and first in the Northwest for its public relations sequence. In 2012, the journalism program was ranked in the top 25 nationally by NewsPro Magazine.
This year Sony and The Murrow College of Washington State University celebrate 10 Years of internship participation at NAB. “It’s a bit unreal that ten years have passed since The Murrow College was invited to participate in the Sony/NAB internship program,” says Marvin V. Marcelo, Associate Dean and General Manager.
It all started back in 2003, when the school began their initial transition from analog to digital. They attended NAB to specifically look at Sony’s XDCAM™ Professional Disc™ system of cameras, players and recorders. After the students had their first experience operating and demoing the XD cameras and decks at NAB, the school ended up purchasing three PDW-510 and three PDW-530 XD cameras and twelve PDW-1500 XD player/recorders for their broadcast program.
Fast forward to 2012, the school took the next step towards converting from standard definition digital to HD. At the NAB conference, the students took a serious look at Sony’s MVS-7000 HD switcher and the HXC-D70 HD studio cameras. They liked the switcher’s compatibility with their existing SD equipment, while giving them the ability to move forward with new HD equipment. The school purchased the Sony MVS-7000 for their studio along with three Sony HXC-D70 HD cameras in a studio configuration. The schools next move is to upgrade all of the EFP/ENG cameras to HD, specifically the PMW-200 cameras.
For the last 10 years Marvin has be instrumental in selecting his school’s equipment needs in addition to selecting his top students to participate in the program. “The Sony/NAB internship program has given our students real-world experience that they would not get inside the classroom. They not only get to interact with key Sony sales engineers to ask questions about equipment performance and functionality, but they get to interact with other broadcast and media professionals who use Sony’s equipment in their organizations. The knowledge and experience the students gain from this internship has been invaluable to their careers and gave them an edge when looking for their first job in the industry.”
Here are just some of the many success stories of the students who have participated in the program since 2003:
Meet the 2013 Students:
Brianna Brennan is a Broadcast Production student at Washington State University in Pullman, WA and has spent the last three years working with the student run television station Cable 8 Productions. Currently she is the Production Manager for the station and has taken over the majority of equipment training. Previous employment includes working as a production assistant on the show Top Chef Seattle and as an intern for Screaming Flea Productions in Seattle, WA for the shows “Hoarders” and “Sell This House”. Her long-term goal is to direct a live studio show.
Kayla Griffin is a senior studying broadcast production at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She is currently employed as a production technician at KWSU and has produced and directed shows for the school’s student run television station Cable 8 Productions. Kayla is interested in live studio productions as well as post production.
Malia Jurick is a broadcast production student at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She has directed and produced shows at Cable 8, for the past three years. Last summer she worked as a production assistant on Top Chef Seattle. Malia is very interested in post-production work and her long term goal is to be an editor for a scripted show.
Spencer Kabelac is a multimedia production student at Washington State University and currently serves as President and General Manager of Cable 8 Productions, a student-run television station. Last summer Spencer worked as a production assistant on season 10 of Top Chef in and got first-hand experience on set of a reality television show. He aspires to be a camera operator in the future, whether it be in film or television.