Media lab a “step forward” for communications program

Canadian Mennonite University’s communications and media program made strides this fall when CMU introduced a media workshop program and opened its newly renovated media production space.

“Offering a media workshop program, supported by dedicated production space, is a significant step forward,” says CMU’s communications and media instructor David Balzer. “We can now offer the right combination of resources to help students develop a solid foundation through hands-on training.”

Students are formed into in-house “news teams” explains Balzer, which enables them to produce reports and gain experience.

The students are supported in their course work through CMU’s new media production space, which houses Mac computers, cameras, and digital audio recorders that are being harnessed for innovative course delivery.

“CMU’s communications and media program began eight years ago through the vision of Elmer Hildebrand, owner of Golden West Broadcasting and a strong supporter of CMU,” says CMU president Gerald Gerbrandt. “We’re grateful for his support and very pleased to have the program develop to this next level.”

“Elmer Hildebrand saw the CMU program as a means to develop skilled future communication and media practitioners who are also shaped by Christian faith and ethics,” says CMU vice president external Terry Schellenberg.

“This program lets CMU students build authentic portfolio pieces through their course work,” says Balzer. “Our students plan, write, produce, and handle post-production as they develop multimedia news products that are then utilized by CMU’s own communications and marketing department.”

“Our vision and hope for this program is to equip and inspire students as creative storytellers in the broader community,” says Balzer.

—CMU release

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