WLU Students Contribute to Weather Channel Documentary

Applying knowledge gained through their West Liberty University communications courses and acquiring valuable real-world experience in the process, Sam Miller and Seth Starkey recently returned to the West Liberty University campus after working on a Weather Channel documentary. WLU professor Christian D’Andrea, who heads the university’s documentary filmmaking program, is the executive producer, creator and director of “Hurricane Hunters,” a new documentary series debuting on the Weather Channel in 2012. The Hurricane Hunters are an Air Force Reserve squadron based out of Biloxi, Miss., which flies planes into hurricanes to better understand them. The team obtains key pieces of meteorological data that can be gathered only by flying into the eye of a hurricane. The television series tracks their lives and their missions during the height of hurricane season. He selected Miller and Starkey to work on the production in September. “We had what I would characterize as a very successful internship. It actually went beyond internship.  I integrated Sam and Seth into the crew,” D’Andrea explained. He added that the film crew and Air Force personnel “began to look to Sam and Seth for insight into shots, help wrangling equipment, help managing characters and complex scene set-ups, and even executing shots and capturing critical moments.” He noted, “The students were second unit directors on a number of scenes, empowered to make the call on key storylines, run interviews and stage shots.” D’Andrea praised the students for their professionalism and job performance. “They were trusted by all of us.  We trusted them to go off and get shots and pickups we needed.  We trusted them with our expensive equipment, including...

Ryan McCullough Presents at NCA

Journalism and Communication Studies Instructor, Ryan McCullough presented research at the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 97th Annual Convention. The conference was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 17-20. The NCA Annual Convention is the largest and most prestigious communication studies-related convention in the country. Mr. McCullough co-authored a paper with Daniel Mistich from the University of Georgia. Their paper, “Poststructural Prudence: Rethinking Phronesis Through Derrida,” was part of a panel entitled, “The Voice of Continental Philosophy in Rhetorical and Communication Theory.” The panel was sponsored by the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of NCA. Other members of the panel included Matthew Morris from the University of Texas at Austin, Michelle LaVigne from the University of San Fransisco, and Robert Green from Purdue University. Mr. McCullough and Mr. Mistich received very positive responses from the audience members. “I believe we received some very valuable comments, criticisms, and feedback,” stated Mr. McCullough. “Based on the response to the presentation, I certainly believe we can extend this paper into a published article.”...

WLU Broadcasting Students Visit Sunday Night Football on NBC

Steelers-Ravens: The most heated rivalry in the NFL during the last decade. On any given Sunday, the traditional storylines already exist between these two NFL franchises. However, on the first Sunday in November, it was nothing but traditional as a select group of West Liberty University students participated in an all-access tour of NBC’s Sunday Night Football in America. West Liberty University sports producer and adjunct professor, Chuck Scatterday, took the WLU students inside the inner production areas of the NBC compound.  Scatterday, a former co-worker and longtime friend of NBC game producer, Fred Gaudelli, worked on ESPN’s Sunday Night Football and collaborated on other projects for ABC Sports. Part of the all-access tour with Gaudelli was peering behind the doors of the five, 53-foot, expandable, state-of-the-art NBC mobile remote production units parked at Heinz Field. Todd Ullom, WLU broadcasting student said, “Seeing up close, how large the NBC production trucks were compared to WLU’s truck was impressive.” A team of 85-production members comprises the NBC crew that travels from city to city to cover Sunday Night Football. The WLU students watched all of rehearsal, which included reviewing show production elements and sales components. WLU student, Josh Benyo was “impressed with how much coordination goes into the event and how humble Mr. Gaudelli was with us.” Gaudelli told the students, “You don’t just start at the top; you have to work your way up and what your doing now at the WLU is a great place to start.” The biggest change in sports television in the last 10 years, according to Gaudelli has been the advancement and implementation of...