“If we had more money to spend, what’s missing is a professional solution to live reporting,” Underhill says. “Right now, we’re using Skype to do live shots with. We’re hoping to get something up on cellular, and you have to figure out how to fund that purchase. [But,] it’s nothing that keeps us from doing what we need to do.”
In the long run, Underhill says the Grass Valley equipment will gear up news students for careers in journalism.
He says the technology equips students with the skills and knowledge that make them valuable to employers.
“That’s the biggest thing to me, maintaining that quality, professional equipment that students will see when they go out to get jobs,” Underhill says. “They’re not just doing it for education, not doing it just so that they can produce something. It’s easier to train them so that they have some sort of marketable skills and craft when they get out of school.”