Class sizes are kept small so that everyone can get hands-on experience right away. Under classmen are running cameras and designing layouts. A student doesn’t have to wait until junior year to touch a digital video camera or use the professional design software in the Mac lab. Producing news, public affairs, entertainment and using digital cameras while editing non-linear productions can become a skill set for all our majors. This unique, hands-on learning right from the beginning just doesn’t happen at other universities.
“Exploring Joliet” and “The Spirit of Christmas” are just two examples of projects that Mass Communication majors create and produce for the community. “Exploring Joliet” is an award-winning, weekly magazine-style video production, produced by USF students, that present a look at interesting people, places and things in the around the Joliet area.
“The Spirit of Christmas” is a continuous Christmas music and entertainment aired on The Edge 88.7, USF’s radio station, from Thanksgiving to New Years each holiday season. “Spirit” is a community favorite produced by USF faculty, alumni and students; supported by a wide cross-section of area business and organizations. The success of “Spirit” has given rise to other music-themed radio marathons for St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and the Fourth of July.
“A Living History,” is a dynamic website created by one of our majors to archive the history of our founding organization, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. A complete series of digital videos are included on the site documenting each individual Sisters’ story.
As part of their academic experience, USF students manage all campus media with the supervision of faculty advisors. Students who manage the radio station make programming decisions, work on-air and plan station promotional events. The award-winning Encounter Newspaper showcases students’ writing and design talents. Local cable television stations show programming scripted and produced by USF students.