Today, Saint Augustine’s University announced a partnership with Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL-TV to support the Mass Communications and Journalism Department. Capitol Broadcasting Company/WRAL-TV has donated a financial gift close to $60,000 that will go towards equipment upgrades for the program.
Other important elements of the partnership include supporting initiatives for Saint Augustine’s University students’ knowledge and experiences that will position them to be change agents and leaders in the ever-changing world of broadcast journalism.
There will be various professional development opportunities for Saint Augustine’s University students with Capitol Broadcasting Company. The University will also establish a visiting lecturer series with WRAL-TV professional participation.
As part of this partnership, Saint Augustine’s University is developing a Media Advisory Board, which will be comprised of professionals from broadcast, digital and print media as well as corporate communication professionals. This board will also advise on matters as they relate to trends in the broadcast journalism field such as technology, career opportunities and best practices in the industry.
“Saint Augustine’s University is committed to offering rigorous academic programs to achieve our core values,” said Saint Augustine’s University Interim President Everett Ward, Ph.D. “Corporate and community partnerships are important elements that support Saint Augustine’s University’s sustainability and success. With Capitol Broadcasting Company’s commitment to excellence, this partnership is a natural fit.”
“The future of broadcasting is in the hands of those entering our industry. We want to help Saint Augustine’s University’s students to be as successful as possible so that the future of our industry remains bright. We are pleased to collaborate with St. Aug’s faculty and students as the University prepares its students for their careers,” said Steve Hammel, Vice President and General Manager of WRAL-TV.
— Office of Marking and Communications