JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas State University academic program received a gift from the Ernest and Anna Ritter Family Endowment and E. Ritter & Company.
According to a release for A-State, the $30,000 gift was given to support the creation and completion of a mobile media production unit for A-State Media and Communication students.
The mobile media production unit lets people shoot, produce, and broadcast sporting and other events across Northeast Arkansas. The unit will have cameras, production, and editing equipment to be used in streaming digital content to ESPN3 and other media outlets.
"This gift, along with additional gifts from the Sun Belt Conference and the A-State Department of Athletics, were critical to completing the unit," according to Dr. Brad Rawlins, special assistant to the provost and former dean of the College of Media and Communications.
The unit will provide A-State students experience in the production of professional-level content, especially sports media. It will also improve opportunities for students to get careers in digital media production.
Rawlins said they still need additional equipment but the unit is operational for students, faculty, and staff to begin streaming men's and women's Red Wolves basketball games on ESPN3 in January.
There are plans to produce more A-State and regional high school sports throughout the year.
Collin Pillow is the leader of the mobile media production unit project.
Pillow is an instructor in creative media production and studio coordinator at A-State.
He is also the producer of ASU-TV video coverage of A-State football and basketball games and fro the Red Wolves' video scoreboards.
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