Students just pulled your collective butts out of the fire, JCCC. You’re welcome.
Students in the college’s video production classes will take over the broadcasting of the college’s Board of Trustee meetings. The Board voted on Jan. 27 to end the practice as part of cost-saving measures to balance the school’s budget.
Molly Baumgardner, adjunct assistant professor of Media Communications, was a board member when the policy was enacted to televise the meetings more than 15 years ago. She thinks televising the meetings will be a learning experience for video production students.
“We think this is excellent training for our students in our advanced classes,” Baumgardner said. “Students that are involved in journalism and mass media are always really concerned with First Amendment issues like making sure public meetings are available to the public. It is exciting to be a part of that.”
This solution will give students practical experience, the community will once again have access to the board, and hopefully JCCC will realize the support students offer doesn’t come solely from tuition increases.
I wish this option would’ve been examined before the board made its decision or before it was even presented to the board. This says a lot of what the college thinks (or rather doesn’t think) about students.
Meanwhile, JCCC’s electronic mail server, Infolist, notes that audio from the Feb. 17 Board of Trustees meeting is now available here.