Mahmoud Salimi, assistant professor of film and production, assists student Johnny Lively during a film production class, Tuesday. LUTV and the film and broadcast department received a $263,219 grant to purchase new equipment. UP photo by  Trevier Gonzalez

Mahmoud Salimi, assistant professor of film and production, assists student Johnny Lively during a film production class, Tuesday. LUTV and the film and broadcast department received a $263,219 grant to purchase new equipment. UP photo by
Trevier Gonzalez

Following a successful grant proposal with the city of Beaumont, Lamar University broadcasting and film students will be able to take advantage of a $263,219 grant that provides a professional, hands-on approach within the communication department. LUTV’s studio will also be receiving upgrades.

“We were part of writing a grant proposal to the city of Beaumont to request money for the studio,” Shenid Bhayroo, assistant professor in broadcasting, said. “The city made us aware that they had money that they could possibly allocate to Lamar’s television facility in broadcast journalism, so we put together a strong proposal to request the money from the city, and the proposal was successful.”

O’Brien Stanley, chair in the communication department, said the new equipment will encourage advancement for students.

“With the grant, we’re getting more news-related software, a total of 30 cameras, and tripods, bags, lenses — everything to support more growth in all these areas,” he said. “And the city is fine with that, that’s what they want us to do.”

Bhayroo said that the grant will enable students access to better equipment.

“We are able to replace our aging equipment — particularly the cameras that we use to gather news in the field and the cameras that we use to teach with,” he said.

Clinton Rawls, broadcast programming manager for Channel 7, details the department’s acquisitions.

“The studio alone is getting $120,000 of equipment,” he said. “It is getting a new broadcast switcher, a new graphics package which will do 2D and 3D graphics, a new encoder, microphones, lights — we’re really trying to get the whole package.”

Bhayroo said that this new equipment brings the department to the point of which they can produce more quality content.

“It permits us to start producing better, quality stories and, hopefully, in the near future, with a little bit of resources, we can actually do more regular content productions,” he said.

Bhayroo said the equipment brings LUTV up to what one would find in a professional newsroom in a small television market.

“It brings us closer to industry standard, and that’s really going to help our students make transitions from the university out into the real world,” he said.

Gordon Williams, LUTV studio operations manager, said the grant will help prepare students for the job market.

“The company that we’re getting the equipment from, they provide equipment for a lot of major networks and larger market TV stations,” he said. “When (students) leave here, they can walk into their room and then say, ‘I’m familiar with this.’”

For more information, call the communication department at 880-8153, or LUTV at 880-8038.

 

Trevier Gonzalez

UP Contributor

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