USM organizes an open day for an expanded student multimedia center



Fri, 08/10/2021 – 9:55 am | By: Van Arnold

“The voice of the students resonates through time and space.

That’s what Dr. Edgar Simpson, director of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Communication, believes in stressing the importance of the new student media center on the Hattiesburg campus.

“The Student Media Center amplifies, helps shape and commemorates the rhythm of generations,” said Simpson. “Without this noise of change, there are fewer of us as a university community.”

After a year of major restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Simpson and his colleagues are excited to host an open house for the Student Media Center on Wednesday, October 13. The first session will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 3 p.m. for professors and administrators, followed by a session from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. for students.

Sessions will begin at Stout Hall with an overview of the Center, explaining why this is important and what projects faculty and staff are undertaking. The program will also include a tour of the Student Media Center facilities at College Hall. Note the launch of SMTV, a weekly news program produced by students.

“The open house is designed to introduce and familiarize the college community to all of the opportunities available,” said Simpson. “While USM has always had a vibrant student media presence, we have spent the year of the virus planning and developing what we do. The goal is that every USM student who wants to create media, sell advertising, launch a PR campaign, dive into social media, etc., can do so in the Student Media Center.

Simpson points out that SMTV has been in discussion for some time. USM has a long history of offering broadcast and media production programs, but did not have a regular / routine outlet for students to practice and hone what they were learning in the areas of video, sound. and television.

“We are doing this in a converged environment, which reflects what our students will see in the media industries,” said Simpson. “Convergence is the idea that our students will be asked to perform a variety of tasks, from writing to making videos to creating graphics. With the addition of SMTV, the Student Sales Team and the Creative Division, students can see how information, creative work, and advertising can work across all platforms, from social media to the newspaper to the side. through the radio, the internet, the new show and even iterations that we can’t yet figure out.

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