SUNY’s Media and Communication Programs Continue to Excel

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At the 2013 Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22, a SUNY professor is set to receive his second prestigious award. SUNY Purchase professor David Grill will take home a second Emmy Award for his lighting design and direction work for the Superbowl XLVII halftime show. David Grill is an assistant professor and co-coordinator of the Theatre Design/Technology Program at Purchase College. His first Emmy, also for lighting design and direction, was for his work on the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Winter Olympics.

SUNY media and communications programs strive for excellence, and such an honor as receiving an Emmy Award creates a pathway for students, alumni, and faculty to follow suit. Purchase College, for example, offers a variety of media programs to choose from, including Cinema Studies, Film, Media Society and the Arts, and New Media. These programs teach students to engage media critically and creatively in order to address media as cultural, political, and aesthetic forces.

Media and communication programs are offered throughout a number of SUNY schools, and with these programs SUNY tries to convey knowledge that will connect with real world media. Here are four other SUNY colleges that have made a name for themselves when it comes to media and communications:

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego offers a wide variety of options towards picking whats right for your specific major. Past success has given Oswego a good name, and three programs are listed among the nation’s top programs by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Princeton Review. Throughout the department their are four main degree programs. These programs include: Broadcasting and Mass Communication, Communication and Social Interaction, Journalism, and Public Relations. Programs such as these provide different opportunities to students not only inside the classroom, but outside as well. Whether it be getting involved in the campus radio station 88.9 WNYO, writing for the campus newspaper, The Oswegonian, or reporting the news at the student staffed WTOP10-TV, Oswego has it all!

SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh uses hands on training from day one. Five main programs for Media and Communication include: Audio-Radio Production, Broadcast Journalism, Communication Studies, Digital Media Production, and TV-Video Production. WQKE, a very familiar campus radio station, gives you opportunities to develop skills while broadcasting out to the whole campus. In the classroom, you can build experience with taking classes to get started such as broadcasting CMM209. The communication program is devoted to the students and will provide greater opportunities that reflect the communication landscape.

Hudson Valley Community College

The Broadcast Communications A.A.S degree program is partnered with The New School in Albany. This partnership allows Hudson Valley Community College students to network with regional colleges of similar studies so that students may best acquire skills for the workforce of tomorrow. Students enroll in Television and Video Production, Broadcast Journalism, and Radio and Television Arts through this strategic partnership; students and faculty agree this is a powerful collaboration.

SUNY New Paltz

Communications and Media is one of SUNY New Paltz’s largest academic departments. SUNY New Paltz programs tend to overlap in order to give students not only full experience with their major, but some experience with others as well. Communication and Media programs include: Organizational Communication, Media Production, Media Management, Public Relations, Interpersonal-Intercultural Communications, Public Communication, and Journalism. At the College, they have created a Communications and Media Society, which is used to bridge gaps between any Communication and Media majors, as well as setting them up for the future while gaining knowledge through outside professionals.

A Few of Our Many Notable Alumni: Al Roker, Weatherman for NBC’s Today Show (SUNY Oswego); Steve Levy and Linda Cohn, ESPN sports anchors (SUNY Oswego); Lonnie Dubrofsky, Executive Producer for “Die Mommie Die” (SUNY Plattsburgh); Adam Bernard, Producer of NASCAR Radio Show “The Morning Drive” (SUNY New Paltz).

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Author: Phillip Leidner

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