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To a Degree: Digital Media Program

Author: Rick Cole, Digital Media Specialist

NEWS RELEASE

August 12, 2021

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Photo: Rick Cole, Digital Media Specialist

Two years ago, North Central Missouri College launched a program to publish news and features in the form online and broadcast audio and video, keeping people connected with NCMC.

It’s the thing to do these days.

No matter how big or small, no matter where you are, you can be connected if you choose. At NCMC, we are connecting all Pirates through Pirates Digital Media.

In the last two years, Pirates Digital Media has:

  • Built a live broadcast page (PiratesDigitalMedia.com) for live athletics and on-campus events.
  • Created a YouTube channel (Pirates Digital Media), averaging over 100 videos per year.
  • Created a Twitter account (@NCMCMedia), and
  • Created a Facebook page (Pirates Digital Media)

It’s the thing to do, and we do it well. 

For example:

  • Students involved in Audio/Video production have worked as producers, directors, camera operators, sideline reporters and game announcers.
  • PiratesDigitalMedia.com, created largely by student staff, has been extremely popular in broadcasting live events.
  • Our women’s and men’s basketball coverage is the best in the region, and possibly the nation.  We feature pregame and postgame interviews with not only Pirate coaches but the opponent’s coach as well, graphic packages, multi-camera views, replays and professional announcing.
  • The Pirates Digital Media YouTube page has averaged over 100 posted videos per year, including events from campus, features on NCMC programs, and interviews with students and staff.
  • Our Twitter account promotes not only Pirates Digital Media, but other NCMC-related accounts.
  • We’ve been regular contributors to NCMC social media and web pages—in fact, last year each Pirate athlete had a video profile on their biography page, over 100 total videos in all.

And we are still building.  For the 2021-22 school year, plans are underway to add regular campus features, a weekly podcast, more social media and increase the number of student projects that are published.

To do that, and to continue to improve, we’re looking for students who have an interest in Digital Media and Audio/Video/Broadcast production.  The great thing is, those students don’t need any experience to get started.

Let me say that again, in a different way: if you’re a student who has ever dreamed about creating broadcast or internet content, NCMC is for you.  We’ll give you a chance to explore the areas that you like best.

How do you get involved?

If you’re in high school, contact me about the program.

If you’re an NCMC student, consider taking our Audio/Video courses or joining our Media and Broadcast Club.

It’s the thing to do!

Rick Cole is the director of Pirates Digital Media.  As a sports broadcaster through six decades, he’s been involved in the production of over 5,000 live events, most of them at the college level.  He was recently named a full-time staff member at NCMC after two years as a consultant.

Please reach out to him:

Office phone: (660)357-6313 or NCMC campus extension 1313