BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College’s Communication Department recently received a $64,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation. The grant money will be used to help the Department transition from its primarily analog television operation to fully digital by 2009.

This is the first phase of the digital equipment upgrade project, which will see the purchase of a digital video switcher, four G-5 digital video editing workstations and software, and a Videssence fluorescent studio lighting package.

Phase two of the digital upgrade, scheduled for 2007, will include the procurement of six high definition digital camcorders, accessories and a Macintosh video streaming server.

In 2008, the final phase calls for obtainment of a digital routing switcher and a variety of other digital video studio components, such as control and source monitors. This phase also includes the replacement of the College radio station’s FM analog transmitter and antenna with digital equipment.

Dr. Patrick Sutherland, Associate Professor of Communication, said, “To my knowledge, this grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation is the largest grant received by the Communication Department since a $300,000 grant was received from the Benedum Foundation in the mid to late 80s.”

The grant from the Benedum Foundation fully established Bethany’s television studio and production facilities and also provided an FM analog transmitter and audio consoles for the College’s radio station.

The Communication Department is currently working on additional grants to complete the digitalization project.

“Bethany’s Communication Department is grateful for a total of over $100,000 in foundation and individual donations received for our television and radio facilities since 2001. We’re seeking an additional $150,000 in grants and donations to fund the final two phases of the digital upgrade for both television and radio at Bethany,” Sutherland said.