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Journalism Program Receives Grant

JULY 16, 2009 I The University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism department has received a $2,730 educational support grant from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation.

The grant will be used to purchase three digital video news kits for use by UWRF journalism students. Each kit includes a mini-DV camcorder, shotgun microphone, headphones tripod and shoulder bag. Since 2003, UWRFs journalism program has received five grants totaling $11,400 from WBA.

WBAs support has been invaluable," says Sandy Ellis, a UWRF professor and journalism department chairperson. "The grants provided radio and TV equipment and software used by UWRF student reporters on a daily basis. In addition to benefiting students directly, the community has greater access to local radio and TV stories as a result. Were fortunate that Wisconsin broadcasters are so enthusiastic in their support of higher education.

In 2000, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Board of Directors created an Educational Support Grant Program to assist nonprofit college and technical school broadcast education programs in acquiring equipment, hardware, software and/or other teaching materials that are necessary to conduct broadcast education programs and promote careers in broadcasting. vThis is the 10th year of the WBA grant program with more than $100,000 awarded.

In addition to the Educational Support Grant Program, the WBA Foundation offers four $2,000 scholarships to assist students who are enrolled in broadcasting-related educational programs at four-year public or private colleges and universities. The WBA Foundation also funds the WBA College Radio News Network, which provides student-produced radio news to Wisconsin radio stations.


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