The School Media Arts and Studies offers many avenues for students to practice their skills. Independent and class projects, as well as faculty/client-based projects can be obtained through faculty members. Perhaps even more influential is the variety of organizations and opportunities for students to gain practical "real world" experience outside of the class room.
Ranked one of the Top 5 college stations in the U.S. by the National Association of College Broadcasters, ACRN is a commercially supported radio station operated entirely by students. The station operates online via Shoutcast server at ACRN.com. ACRN's format is primarily college rock, inspired primarily by the College Music Journal, to which ACRN subscribes.
From the executive staff to the disc jockeys, ACRN is staffed completely by students. The station gives students the unique opportunity to gain experience at a commercial radio station. Students learn every aspect of running a radio station, including the actual sale of airtime, production of commercials, engineering, promotion, on-air announcing, and much more. In addition, students have the opportunity to produce in-studios with bands, DJ live events, and plan dance parties and concerts on campus and around Athens.
ACRN encourages all Media Arts and Studies students to consider working for ACRN. Students can get involved in all aspects of ACRN: sales, programming, production, promotion, public relations, music, news/sports/entertainment, mobile, web design, and engineering. The opportunity for students to gain managerial experience at ACRN makes it a unique college radio station, and there is no better way to quickly get hands-on experience in a student organization than with the All-Campus Radio Network.
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is a student chapter open to anyone with an interest in audio production. Chapter activities include touring recording studios and audio manufacturing facilities, and attending regional and national conventions and equipment demonstrations. Each year a number of guest speakers from a variety of audio related fields address the chapter and conduct seminars on subjects ranging from the recording business to arts and technology to digital audio recording.
This student-run video production house provides experience in all aspects of production from management and advertising to the production process itself. Students learn techniques of field and studio operations while producing video for various outlets. The central mission of AVW Productions is production that is marketable to different regions of Ohio. Most AVW programs air on Athens Community Television (ACTV-7) and comprise the vast majority of local programming on that channel. AVW also produces independent videos for clients.
The academic video studio, Studio C, is used by AVW during non-class times to produce many programs weekly. These include: award-winning "Friday's Live" - a half hour entertainment show; award-winning "Sauti" - an African-American public affairs show; "Quiz Me" - a children's game show; football and basketball coaches' shows; and many others. AVW also produces coverage of Bobcat football and men's and women's basketball.
Students can gain multi-camera video production experience in studio and on location. There are also direction and management positions. Participation in AVW is open to any Ohio University student. Students may hold progressively more responsible production positions as they complete Telecommunications courses. AVW Productions is operated by undergraduate students under faculty and graduate student supervision.
Brick City Records is Ohio University's student run record label. Brick City focuses on providing students real world experience in many aspects of the recording industry. This organization is unique because students can exercise control over areas such as: artist relations, booking, legal, production, promotion, scouting. Since its inception in 2002, Brick City has been involved in booking and promoting shows featuring local musicians of all genres. The label has also recorded, produced, and released albums. The members have the opportunity to work in Ohio University's state-of-the-art recording studio.
Founded in 1943, the National Broadcasting Society's focus is to provide a link between the academic and professional worlds of communication. Chapters are located at more than 120 college campuses and more than 30,000 current and future communicators have been listed as NBS-AERho members. Alpha Epsilon Rho is the professional business fraternity for broadcasting. NBS members have the opportunity to become AERho initiates after one year of active membership in NBS. Admission to NBS is open to anyone who is in a broadcasting-related major. NBS offers many benefits to its members including exposure to professionals in the industry, contacts with alumni, the chance to meet others in the same major, and special events such as speakers and trips to stations and production houses.
The Ohio University Association for Black Journalists' purpose is to provide consistent dialogue and interaction among black communication majors, to voice the concerns (academic, social, and psychological) of black students to various schools within the College of Communication, and to promote awareness and understanding about minorities in the communications fields. BSCC meets once a week to discuss conferences, workshops, internships, and forums. The BSCC is run by students who also create a quarterly magazine addressing campus issues. Membership is open to all communication majors, but specifically focus on black student issues.
The Ohio University Electronic Music Collective Developers Association is a group for enthusiasts, DJ's, and producers of all styles of electronic music. They hold weekly student-led meeting which include discussions on industry news, hosting live music events, providing hands-on tutorials for many different softwares (Logic, FL Studio, Traktor, Ableton, etc.), gear swaps, and project critiques. The group also releases a free sampler CD at the end of each semester of music that members have created during the semester. All prior releases can be found on their Bandcamp page.
The Ohio University Game Developers Association is a student chapter of the International Game Developers's Association. Founded in 2011, OUGDA is a professional networking club for OU students interested in the game development field. Through tutorials, game development challenges, and social activities, we bring together like minded students in order to better their skills and knowledge of the game development process and industry
The WOUB Center for Public Media operates the Public Broadcasting Services of Ohio University. These include WOUB-TV, WOUC-TV(Cambridge), WOUB-AM/FM, WOUC-FM, WOUL-FM, WOUH-FM, and ACTV-7, Ohio University's community cable channel. The Center is a non-academic unit of Ohio University. Well known for its quality training program, the Center offers experience in a wide range of areas in radio, television, educational telecommunications, engineering, promotion, and news.
Students interested in radio start in the training program as preparation for work in certain basic areas. Departments include traffic, continuity, and the feed center (the department that tapes programming to air at a later time on WOUB-AM/FM.) Once students have been "checked out" of the basic training programs, they can move on to other operations at the radio station, such as on-air announcing and production of radio programs.
Students interested in television start out with staging and lighting, the responsibilities of a floor manager, and studio and control room operations. Once students learn these basics, they can train in other areas such as camera operations, duty directing, on-air talent, or technical directing. Students who continue in the training program often move into advanced level positions such as television director, radio operation engineer, or stereo producer.
The Center offers experiences to students in areas that are not part of the formal training program. These include consumer affairs, graphic art, news, marketing, development, and photography.