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EAC offering Media Communication Classes for spring 2012 term

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EAC offering Media Communication Classes for spring 2012 term

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ—Students interested in a career in communications, writing, broadcasting, marketing, or public relations, as well as community members curious about how media affects society, will benefit by taking one of several courses being offered this spring in the area of Media Communications.

Davis Nathan, vice president and general manager of McMurray Communications in Safford, will teach Writing and Editing for the Media (MDC 110, section #0739), on Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m.

The course will cover writing for press releases, news releases, news stories, commercials, op-ed pieces, editorials, short scripts and more. “This class should be a great asset to anyone looking for a career in radio, TV, news, advertising, public relations, or any related field,” said Nathan. Strategic thinking and critical thought processes are stressed throughout this course.

Nathan has over 45 years of professional broadcasting experience, has authored many articles on media related topics, and has managed 22 broadcast stations in his career.

Audio Production (MDC 160, section #1270), with instructor Kelly Van Shaar, will meet on Wednesdays, from 6 to 9:20 p.m. This course is only offered during spring semesters. It covers principles of multi-track sound editing software and gives students access to college resources such as the media editing computer lab, the audio/video recording studio, and the ability to check out recording equipment.

“Since the days of silent film ended, audio has been an essential part of media production,” said Van Shaar. “Well-done audio is a key difference between a professional production and an amateur one. This class will change the way students set up and use sound systems and improve the quality of the events they produce, whether live or pre-recorded.”

David Arond is offering several classes that highlight the use of HD Broadcast cameras, HD video editing, and animation and special effects—all important tools for video production. Students will be able to shoot sports, news, performing arts, and events for EAC’s website, YouTube, and Facebook. They will have the opportunity to work internships for local cable TV, and to create their own short films, documentaries, and music videos.

These classes include:

Video Production (MDC 150, section #0741), which will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3 to 5:20 p.m., and will help students develop basic video production skills for personal and professional use.

Media Production for the Web (MDC 155, section #1271), which will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 to 2:20 p.m., offers an introduction to digital media production including reporting, script writing, interviewing, camera work, audio recording, lighting, editing, graphic design for video, video rendering, and web video development.

Scriptwriting (MDC 112, section #0740), which will be offered on Wednesdays, from 1 to 2:20 p.m., is designed to give students basic skills for writing scripts for teleproductions or other media projects. Students will explore dramatic writing and creating a story for the screen.

Video Editing (MDC 180, section #1269), will be offered on Thursdays from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The course covers current techniques in non-linear video editing. Students will become familiar with use of computer based editing concepts common to the video editing industry. Students will learn how to author and create a DVD of their completed projects and will do research comparisons on equipment and software available for video editing.

“Students have fun creating their own video programs from scripting, directing, shooting and editing,” said Arond. “These classes are beneficial for anyone wanting to go into video production.”

For more information about any of these classes contact Arond at (928) 428-8248. To register, contact the EAC Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at