The Kiowa County Media Center:
a 21st Century communication model with imagination
by Janet West
As the high school band strikes up the fight song, fans come to their feet in the gym while others tune in at home and the announcer begins his broadcast: "Live from Maverick Nation in Greensburg, KS—it's time for varsity basketball, brought to you on kwksmedia.org by the Kiowa County Media Center."
Live sports events, delivered by a crew of volunteers including a city councilman, a museum director, a banker, a construction worker, a mom, and high school students is just one of the many opportunities afforded by the Media Center.
This 21st Century communication model not only includes a 22 ft. HDTV production trailer for remote streaming, but also Internet radio and interview studios, a state-of-the-art HD television studio, and sixteen editing stations supplied with the latest CS5.5 Adobe software and SmartSound for royalty-free music.
With a mission dedicated to citizen journalism, the Media Center's central goal is to teach the citizens of Kiowa County and help them tell their own stories.
"We hold classes in camera use, broadcasting, editing, and more," said Grant Neuhold, Programming Producer and the only hired staff at the Media Center. "Once trained, certified users can check out cameras and use our studios for free. This way, students and adults can make their own videos, record original music, or create radio talk shows and then broadcast what they make on our website."
While primarily devoted to county residents, the Media Center is also available to out-of-county media fans and commercial users.
"If someone wants a promotional ad or highlights video made, we can do that too," said Neuhold. "We have different rates for residents and non-residents as well as personal, nonprofit, and commercial purposes."
The Media Center boasts several promotional videos including one for the National 9/11 Flag event held by the New York Says Thank You Foundation last year in Greensburg as well as the fundraising video for the Inge Center for the Arts Greensburg Project. In addition, the Media Center teamed with Mid America Ag Network to stream segments of the Garden City Farm and Ranch Show from the Finney County Expo Building last January.
As for future plans, Neuhold is as optimistic as the community in which it thrives.
"If we can imagine it, it is possible," he said. "From partnering with schools to train video journalists to providing a forum for people to share ideas or music, the Media Center has the potential to do it all. We just have to imagine it."
The Media Center is located in the Kiowa County Commons at 320 South Main in Greensburg, KS, Office: 620-723-1117, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.