KFYR-TV Partners with BSC to Construct New, On-Campus Broadcasting Studio
Whether its radio, TV, or working behind the scenes, students in the Mass Communication program at Bismarck State College have every opportunity to refine their skills.
"They've done really a lot of work to make sure that this new space is really good for all the students that come through here," says sophomore Mass Comm Major Roger Marks.
At the beginning of the summer construction for a new studio began. Five months later, the project is almost complete.
Both students and faculty agree this was a major, necessary upgrade.
"First and foremost, all the students get to collaborate together. All the studio spaces are connected through one room. We have a centralized area where they can all collaborate around a desk. There's computers everywhere," says Mass Comm Instructor Cole Bernhardt.
Professors say over the years, the communication program has grown. With this growth came the need for a larger space.
Your News Leader saw the opportunity to bridge the gap in funding for the expansion.
"They came over and saw the space and saw the opportunities, and they really didn't hesitate to say 'yeah I think we can do something.' And they were able to help us out. So, without KFYR, we would not be in this space," says Video Production Teacher Dusty Anderson.
The new studio comes equipped with industry standard equipment and an expanded set, allowing for more creativity when airing Mystic Cast episodes.
Students say the space provides a more realistic, hands on learning experience.
"I know how to properly white balance a camera for news, I know how to properly audio gain myself for radio and I know how to put together a really good looking, professional newspaper," says sophomore Mass Comm Major Robert Mechaley.
"It is actually a blessing to say that, 'oh yeah, I have done that,'" explains Marks.
Now the studio is located in the high-trafficked armory building, making the work of the mass comm students visible to all BSC students.
To watch a Mystic Cast episode or read up on the latest Mystician articles, you can visit mysticmedia.com. To listen in on the Myx radio, you can visit bscmyx.com.