Grant To Bolster Journalism Programs

The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation recently awarded Oklahoma Baptist University’s broadcast journalism and journalism programs a $52,200 grant to purchase new media equipment.

Based in Oklahoma City, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation was established in 1982 for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, including the “improvement of the quality of the practice of journalism among various media.” The foundation supports creative projects and research that “promotes excellence in journalism and instills and encourages high ethical standards in journalism.”

OBU submitted a grant proposal to the foundation requesting funds to purchase a video production switcher, personal computers and digital cameras.

&ldquo;In essence, the rationale that we developed was around the idea of convergence and student media  with our student newspaper, <i>The Bison</i>, and our student-produced news broadcast, News 30  being the central focus,&rdquo; said Dr. Roger Hadley, chair of OBU&rsquo;s telecommunication division.

The grant proposal emphasized the necessity of a video production switcher, which is used to select and combine video signals to form a final picture.

&ldquo;The new switcher will allow us to expand the technical capabilities of our broadcast journalism efforts and take full advantage of recent equipment upgrades in digital graphics and video server systems,&rdquo; Hadley said.

Six new Macintosh G5 computers and four digital cameras will benefit OBU&rsquo;s student yearbook, <i>Yahnseh</i>, and the student newspaper. Hadley said the equipment will make OBU&rsquo;s journalism program more productive.

&ldquo;That is what the foundation is all about  trying to look for ways in which students can enter the profession and be qualified and more effective,&rdquo; said Hadley.

Over the past four years, previous grants from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation have allowed numerous OBU students to participate developmental activities. In addition, the foundation&rsquo;s funds have made it possible for OBU telecommunication students to attend the Hot Springs Film Festival in Arkansas for several years.

&ldquo;The foundation is interested in more than just equipment. They want to improve the quality of journalism education in Oklahoma,&rdquo; said Hadley. &ldquo;We feel very fortunate that the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation has chosen to support OBU with this current grant as well as past grants.&rdquo;