2017 Year in Review

When we sat down to review 2017 and plan for 2018, we were struck by the number of projects and range of work we completed over the course of one year. While the list goes on and on, we wanted to highlight a few of the most exciting developments at the Kiowa County Media Center in 2017.

Expanding Education

One major change during the year was our decision to end computer and phone repair services. This allowed us to devote more time to expanding our educational efforts. Our top goal in 2017 was to hold a large scale class. Thanks to Gene and Jan West, we received a grant from Monsanto that funded a technology conference in August. Mike and Grant taught three sessions on programs we use at the Media Center to increase productivity and efficiency. We had a great response from attendees, and were able to create a list of topics that we used to make a schedule of free community classes in the fall. We plan to start holding free classes again in February. Just let us know if there is a topic you’d like to see us cover!Community EducationGrant continued to work with eighth graders from Kiowa County during our live sports broadcasts. Students help with setup, operate cameras, run equipment in the production trailer, and even serve as commentators. We also have several volunteers from the community that help us out with broadcasts. Another way that we partnered with Kiowa County Schools was through a cell phone video production class. Grant teamed up with Mrs. McKinney’s freshman class to teach them how to produce quality video from their phones.

Kiowa County StudentsEducation also took place through other channels. In the spring, a class from Barclay College came to the Media Center to learn more about podcasting. Grant showed students how to record and edit their projects, and they were able to use some of our equipment to produce podcasts. We’ve had a few others who have expressed interest in podcasting, and we are excited to see how these opportunities play out in 2018!

Serving Locally and Beyond

Two large conferences served as bookends in 2017. In February, we streamed the SUSTAIN Grower Conference that took place at the Twilight Theatre. In December, the Volt group came to Greensburg to hold their annual leadership conference. They used our studio and media lab for training and discussion. Both of these groups brought significant value to our community, and we hope to build on these relationships for future projects.VOLT in studioThroughout the year, Grant and the crew were involved with major events from the National Junior College Athletic Association. We streamed the Men’s DI Basketball Championship, as well as the DI Volleyball Championship, both in Hutchinson. Grant also traveled to Utah to serve as producer for the DI Softball Championship.NJCAA BroadcastsExisting partnerships were strengthened and new connections were formed through Mike’s web projects. Businesses like the Crazy Mule and the Kansas Bed and Breakfast Association had their existing sites updated, while Wyrick Farms and the High Plains Journal launched new sites and projects.As you can see, we had a wide variety of activities happening in addition to our daily operations. We look forward to serving the community in 2018 with our mission to engage, support, and empower through quality multimedia, technology, education, and training. From all of us at the Kiowa County Media Center, thank you for your continued support and encouragement!



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