The E&H MCOM Department offers up-to-date facilities to encourage a creative learning environment for all majors.
EHC-TV is hosted in the department’s television studio, complete with stage, lighting, sound, and camera equipment. Here, students can practice technical production as well as hosting and interviewing.
Students have access to a Mac computer lab, where each desktop is equipped with the full adobe suite for video editing and design.
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- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/700-linda-coutant" title="Linda Coutant" aria-label="Linda Coutant"><img src="/live/image/gid/2/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,690,390/350_b06bdc398b23aa435f6aae8e73873040_f1835.rev.1500320522.jpg" alt="Linda Coutant" title="Linda Coutant" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="690" data-max-h="390"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/700-linda-coutant"><p> Coutant to Serve on National Board after Opening Non-profit Restaurant</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> A 1989 Emory & Henry graduate has teamed up with members of the Boone, N.C. community to start a non-profit restaurant aimed at helping to relieve hunger in Watauga County.</p><p> Linda Coutant and her partner, Chris May, have joined with other residents of Boone to start the F.A.R.M. Cafe, which stands for Feed All Regardless of Means. The pay-what-you-can restaurant opened in May 2012 to help relieve the issue of hunger in Watauga County – where nearly 25 percent of the population lives at or below the poverty level.</p><p> As a founding board member, Linda was responsible for public and media relations and was involved in fundraising. She did a series of local media interviews, led a team of Appalachian State University students in creating communication pieces to bring attention to the cause, developed a website and interior signage, and helped raise more than $65,000 to get the cafe started.</p><p> As a result of her involvement, she has been invited to serve on the national board of the One World Everybody Eats Foundation starting in 2013. The Foundation is an outgrowth of the first pay-what-you-can restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah – also called One World Everybody Eats. The Foundation helps communities across the United States start and maintain their own non-profit, pay-what-you-can restaurants to help alleviate hunger</p><p> F.A.R.M. Cafe is located in downtown Boone, in the historic Boone Drug building on King Street. It serves lunch only and runs almost entirely on volunteers. Patrons can pay what they can toward a suggested price, pay a little more than the suggested price to help their neighbors in need, or volunteer for an hour in the café in exchange for a meal. The cafe’s menu changes daily and offers nutritious meals made primarily from local sources.</p><p> “I was attracted to this business model because it was innovative and added a new dimension to how we solve the issue of hunger in the United States,” Linda said. “So far, F.A.R.M. Café is working. It serves on average 75 people a day for lunch. Each month, more than 70 of these individuals work in exchange for a meal for themselves or their families – people who otherwise might not have a hot meal. We’ve also built partnerships with local farmers and other organizations toward strengthening our local food system.”</p><p> While at Emory & Henry, Linda majored in mass communications and was a former president of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and editor of The Whitetopper. She lives in the Boone area and works as an editor/writer in Appalachian State University’s University Communications office.</p></div><a href="/live/profiles/700-linda-coutant" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/686-eric-scott" title="Eric Scott" aria-label="Eric Scott"><img src="/live/image/gid/2/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/322,0,968,646/336_fdf7f07b6ff19452bf32cd1ea297bc79_f5688.rev.1499968341.jpg" alt="Eric Scott" title="Eric Scott" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/2/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/322,0,968,646/336_fdf7f07b6ff19452bf32cd1ea297bc79_f5688.rev.1499968341.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="666"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/686-eric-scott"><p> Scott: Emmy Award Winning Photojournalist</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> An Emory & Henry graduate who humbly describes himself as a “county boy from Lynchburg, Virginia,” Eric Scott said his college experience gave him the opportunity to transition into adulthood and into a career that’s given him many rewards.</p><p> Scott, a 1988 graduate, is a photojournalist for WJZ- TV, channel 13, a CBS owned-and-operated television station in Baltimore, Maryland.</p><p> As a photographer for the TV newsroom, Scott is prepared to shoot multiple stories each day – everything from a news conference, to a school play, to a crime scene.</p><p> “I’ve covered every kind of story you can imagine,” he said. “I cover politics, crime, riots, sports events, you name it. I’m the reporter <em>behind</em> the camera. I tell stories with video.”</p><p> Along with the day-to-day assignments, Scott has experienced many “wow moments” during his career. He’s met presidents, vice presidents, mayors and governors. In 1998, he covered the Olympics in Japan. A year later, he traveled to Havana, Cuba when the Baltimore Orioles played the Cuban All-Stars in an exhibition game.</p><p> He’s worked on assignment with the military reserves at Camp Pendleton in California.</p><p> “My job is similar to a classroom. I meet new people and learn new things every day. It gives me a completely different view of the world.”</p><p> From time to time, his video clips make it to the CBS Evening News and CNN broadcasts. “For example, if they’re doing a story on the weather throughout the country, I may see some of my work on the national news.”</p><p> Scott said he shot the footage for a reporter at the Baltimore news station who won an Emmy for her investigative reporting. “But, the best story I’ve ever done was watching a baby being born. It was for a new-age dad story. I see death a lot in my work, but seeing new life was something different for me.”</p><p> Scott knew he wanted a career in the media as early as high school. “As a basketball player, I was always interested in sports. I thought I wanted to be a sports anchor, but I had no idea the path God would lead me to,” he said.</p><p> “I fell in love with photojournalism as a student intern at WCYB-TV in Bristol, and I forgot all about being in front of the camera. The first time I saw my video air on a broadcast, I feel in love with it because everyone got to see how I created it. That hooked me.”</p><p> After graduating from Emory & Henry, Scott went to work as a manager of circulation for a newspaper in South Carolina. “I never quit anything in my life, but the job was not for me.”</p><p> Scott accepted a photographer position at WCYB-TV while visiting friends in the region. When he was offered a job at Virginia Beach more than a year later, he moved again. Known for his creative work, he later was offered a position at the TV station in Baltimore where he has worked for the past 22 years.</p><p> “And, the rest is history as they say.”</p><p> Scott said his college education taught him many things, including independence and decision-making. He’s never forgotten about making a D grade in a Mass Communications class taught by Dr. Teresa Keller.</p><p> “It was the only D I made at Emory & Henry. She said I could do better and I set out to prove her right. Dr. Keller became a mentor and friend. To this very day she still is someone I communicate with regularly and consider a member of my family,” he said.</p><p> “The late Coach Bob Johnson was another influence on my development. Discipline, detail, accountability, promptness, leadership, and love of my school and country were powerful things I learned from him.”</p><p> Scott said his greatest honor at Emory & Henry was being the co-captain for the men’s basketball team. “During my senior year we finished 16th in the nation.”</p><p> Scott and his wife, Theresa, have one daughter, Rylee, and her older sister, Taylor, who is deceased.</p></div><a href="/live/profiles/686-eric-scott" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/676-tyrone-bachman" title="Tyrone Bachman" aria-label="Tyrone Bachman"><img src="/live/image/gid/2/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,685,386/271_Screen_Shot_2017-06-08_at_11.52.56_AM.rev.1496937201.png" alt="Tyrone Bachman" title="Tyrone Bachman" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="685" data-max-h="386"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/676-tyrone-bachman"><p> Tyrone Bachman ’98 Directs Atlanta Television Station to Emmy Gold</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> An Emory & Henry mass communications graduate was recently honored with an Emmy Award for his outstanding efforts in live sports coverage. Tyrone Bachman, E&H class of 1998, and WXIA 11Alive received an Emmy award for Best Live Sports Show.</p><p> Bachman served as the technical director for the show “Falcons Game Day Live” which airs on the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, Ga. He gives credit for much of his success to his former professor and mentor, Dr. Teresa Keller, chair of the E&H Mass Communications Department, who he calls “the backbone of my dedication to my career.”</p><p> “I remember a time in Dr. Keller’s class when we had to do our resume and then pass it around the classroom, and I only had football on my resume.” After a long conversation with Keller, he became inspired to pursue additional activities that reflected his wide variety of interests, including the Multi-Cultural Society, E&H Gospel Choir, the campus newspaper staff and staff for the campus radio station.</p><p> “It’s my great joy in life to watch former students become outstanding professionals, and Tyrone Bachman could be Exhibit A,” said Keller. “He made a very wise choice to get serious about his career during his senior year, and this Emmy makes it very clear that he has become a great success. The kind of work he does requires rapid fire thinking while juggling a lot of information in a high-pressure situation.”</p><p> Bachman joins a growing list of Emory & Henry alumni who have been honored with Emmy awards. That list includes:</p><p> Jay Webb (E&H class of 1999) – meteorologist, WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Va.<br/> Joel Hilton (E&H class of 1998) – photojournalist, WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Va.<br/> Eric Scott (E&H class of 1985) – photojournalist, WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md.<br/> Bonnie Wood (E&H class of 1990) – promotions producer, WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.</p><p> “I’m so very, very proud of Tyrone, of the other award winners from this department, and of all of our graduates who are doing good work and making this world better,” added Keller.</p></div><a href="/live/profiles/676-tyrone-bachman" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>
- <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/695-marika-katanuma" title="Marika Katanuma" aria-label="Marika Katanuma"><img src="/live/image/gid/2/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,350,332/345_9f9c447b28ffba96f88152703eb9ebd9_f6458.rev.1500313660.jpg" alt="Marika Katanuma" title="Marika Katanuma" class="lw_image" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="350" data-max-h="332"/></a></span><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_profiles_headline"><a href="/live/profiles/695-marika-katanuma"><p> Marika Katanuma (E&H ’16) Lands Job with Yahoo!</p></a></h4><div class="lw_profiles_description"><p> Marika Katanuma graduated in May of 2016, and by June of 2016 she had an exciting update for the E&H Alumni Office. “I finally got a job! I will be an editor at Yahoo! Japan.”</p><p> Marika is a native of Tokyo, Japan, who completed a double-major in mass communications and sociology Emory & Henry in only three years. She came to E&H because she says she “simply wanted to learn English and the culture of Southwest Virginia. I know many Japanese and other international students go to the west, like California or the north like New York and Massachusetts. But, I thought that doesn’t represent the experience in the states. I wanted to experience something different.”</p><p> She is back in Tokyo now, but while here she dove into studies, and began to discern her true interests. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I came to Emory, but the education I got and the people that I met during my college years made me realize that I love all sorts of communications.” She compiled an impressive online portfolio that includes examples of her writing, interview skills, and video news reporting, and she says she feels like the information she shared in the interview about her Emory & Henry experiences helped her get the job in Tokyo.</p><p> We aren’t sure why she said, “I finally got a job” – because in fewer than 30 days, she has landed a job with one of the largest corporations in the world! “I will be editing the start-page of Yahoo! Japan website that includes many services, like online news, shopping, and search engine. I am excited to contribute to the job to improve people’s lives through the power of internet and information.”</p></div><a href="/live/profiles/695-marika-katanuma" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div>