In its latest initiative to support the student experience on campus, today William Woods University (WWU) announced the launching of Owl Media Corps, a scholarship-eligible co-curricular program that trains and provides practical experience to students in all facets of multimedia.
Owl Media Corps will emphasize all varieties of multimedia, from traditional sources such as broadcasting, production, radio, and journalism, to the newer forms of media such as podcasting, streaming and social media. Students will receive valuable practical experience in the industry, and college credit, for producing original programming in the form of video broadcasts, radio and podcasts; in addition, Owl Media Corps will incorporate student-led productions, video editing, and broadcasting to enhance the streaming and digital media productions of the University for all-campus events (athletics, theatre productions, convocation, commencement, etc.).
The new initiative reinforces the University’s commitment to both the student experience and professions-based education.
“At William Woods, our students benefit from state-of-the-art broadcast facilities and a long history of our alums who have gone on to work in broadcasting, radio, film and other parts of the multimedia industry,” said Dr. Jeremy Moreland, President of William Woods University. “Through Owl Media Corps, our students will receive valuable, practical experience in a variety of roles in the mass media, while also benefitting the WWU community as a whole through greater broadcast and digital coverage of University events.”
The establishment of William Woods Media Corps is the latest initiative at WWU in the past year strengthening the University’s commitment to the student experience. In March, William Woods hired the first ever Chief Student Experience Officer in school history, Dr. Ted Blashak, to provide streamlined leadership to all student-affected areas such as admissions, marketing and Student Life.
“We are excited about the new co-curricular Owl Media Corps initiative,” said Blashak. “It parallels our student experience efforts to continue to expand and add co-curricular activities on campus with clear purpose, relevant content, and rich contextual application.”
Further examples of enriching the student experience included earlier this year, when WWU enhanced its academic offerings with the addition of six new degree programs in professions most in need by today’s employers. The University also announced the addition of three new varsity intercollegiate sports for both men and women during 2022, in Bowling, Outdoor Life Sports and Wrestling.