West Liberty University contributed $50.2 million to the state in 2014, according to an economic impact report that drew media attention this past August. But sometimes it’s what’s behind the headlines that matter. Take for instance Wheeling’s East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) team, the Nailers.
“Our Arts and Communication students are a major part of Nailers television broadcast. Students run camera, instant replay and assist with the overall production seen on ECHL TV and the arena video board,” explained Theresa Gretchen, executive director of WLU TV-14.
These are paid internships, so it’s a win-win for both our students and the Nailers
“These internships are amazing opportunities for a communications student. Especially for me since I grew up in the area, watching the Nailers. It’s great for experience and my resumé when I graduate,” said sophomore Kyle Patrick, from Glen Dale, W.Va., who hopes to become a TV sports anchor one day.
“Because of the Nailers, anytime there’s an event at the arena, our students tend to get hired, so the partnership offers even more experience and networking. It’s a perfect set-up and we are grateful to the Nailers and the WesBanco Arena for working with us as we educate new professionals to enter the field of communications,” Gretchen added.
Most recently, 14 was hired by the City of Wheeling to tape and air City Council meetings. Channel 14 also airs some of the Nailers away games, and even then students run master control here on campus to deliver sports action.
“Our students also are employed at Channel 7 (Wheeling), working in production and sports, and at WTOV Channel 9 (Steubenville) working in the station’s airing of high school football games of the week. Students attend the games, running camera or grip,” she said. These partnerships add so much to student preparation.
“All this hands-on experience lays the groundwork for future employment. And the feedback we get is terrific. The staff at both local TV stations and the arena tell us that our students are well prepared,” Gretchen said. “We are proud to work with the community.”
NOTE: Economic Impact Report was commissioned by the West Virginia Higher Policy Commission and released by WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research.