Media Club unveils podcast studio, new digs, in Boyer House
By Sherri Long
Knightly News Reporter
The first snow storm of 2017 could not deter the excitement of the Knightly News Media Club’s open house and new podcast studio celebration.
Despite a snow-day delay, the open house, held Feb. 10, was a great success. Over 30 Central Penn staff, professors and club members enjoyed lunch, conversation and the unveiling of the Knightly News’ studio. Guests tried out the new equipment by recording a Knightly News station identification.
The new podcast studio is inside the historic Boyer House, in the previous office of Dr. Karen Scolforo, president of Central Penn. After Scolforo moved into her new office in the Advanced Technology Learning Center (ATEC), the Knightly News set up the studio and started podcasting during the first week of February.
The new studio provides a permanent location for the Knightly News podcast equipment, and other equipment to come, in a setting that is comfortable and more conducive for podcast recording than previous locations.
“This is wonderful,” said Kim Bateman, Central Penn LMS administrator. “You all had been coming over and using our facilities, over in the Center for Teaching Excellence, and I know it’s not big enough for having a group in. This is so great that you have your own facilities now where you can bring in guests, and have everyone feel comfortable.”
The podcast studio allows for more training of media club members to record and edit podcasts. Club members weren’t the only ones excited about the opportunities available.
Dr. Matthew Vickless, dean of the School of Professional Studies and interim dean of the School of Business, is interested in doing several podcasts.
“What I would be envisioning would be a semiregular conversation/interview type podcast, where I would sit down either with a faculty member, or a practitioner in a particular field relevant to the program that we offer,” Vickless said.
Vickless explained that the podcast interviewer could be him, or a mix of students could be the interviewers or a faculty member could lead the discussion.
“Maybe get a group discussion with people sitting around the table,” he said.
The open house ended with a club meeting that focused on upcoming stories and a discussion about the event’s success. Members were encouraged by the positive energy of those who attended, and are looking forward to the Knightly News Media Club’s continued growth.
Sherri Long is president of the Knightly News Media Club.
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Edited by Knightly News Co-adviser Prof. Michael Lear-Olimpi.