Station manager and professor Jason Samuel, third from right, gives a tour of the studios at WGCS on the campus of Goshen College. Photo Provided
Station manager and professor Jason Samuel, third from right, gives a tour of the studios at WGCS on the campus of Goshen College. Photo Provided
GOSHEN — Last week was big for The Globe, Goshen College’s radio station, as well as the newspaper The Record and Globe TV.

Friday was College Radio Day, prompting 24 hours of live on-air announcing at the radio station that has a frequency of 91.1 FM. The 61st birthday of the station was Wednesday.

The biggest news though was the announcement of a new Goshen College Center for Media Arts and Journalism on Thursday. The liberal arts Mennonite college outlined how the massively successful communications department is coming together in new ways by August 2020. A $1.18 million building project will convert Newcomer Center on the south side of campus into joint space for students to edit, write, layout and broadcast.

The radio station is in the newly renovated Union Building, the first major building renovation since President Rebecca Stoltzfus started in late 2017. Finding a home for the communications program was also a priority for her.

This second major project will bring together students who are working at media convergence. Aside from the journalism coming out of the new center, the college’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America will manage events and social media.

Tying together the journalism and communications work of GC students so that radio, video, writing and photography are published or broadcast in multiple channels has been underway for the past several years, but the Record staff worked in one space on the north side of campus, the radio station is at the top of a narrow set of stairs in the Union and the video production is now in the basement of the Good Library.

Meanwhile, professors’ offices are in Newcomer. (In full disclosure, I worked for The Globe when I was in high school and am an adjunct journalism professor in GC’s communications department, teaching about a class a year.)
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