Club of the issue: Kirkwood Student Productions

KSP Member Cyndel Burns
KSP Member Cyndel Burns logs on to a computer in an edit bay in Linn Hall on Oct. 9, 2019. PHOTO BY JEFF SIGMUND

Kirkwood Community College students have the opportunity to participate in over 100 organized groups across the main and Iowa City campuses, according the college’s website. Out of those 100 organized groups, Kirkwood Student Productions (KSP) is the only group that gives members the opportunity to learn broadcasting at their own pace.  

Members of KSP get the opportunity to practice and learn video editing, film production and audio recording. According KSP Advisor Randy Langel, “One of the favorite things to do is editing videos and it is one of the most creative process. We love sharing it with other students.”  

Currently, KSP has approximately 20 members. This includes members who make up the leadership team.  

Freshman Megan Harkin, studying digital media, said that KSP “is a good experience, is fun and a great way to meet new people.” 

Every year, students who work at KSP summit their work to the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) contest to be judged against other two- and four-year institutions across the state. In the 2018-2019 school year KSP placed in three award categories. These categories were for Best News Programming (second place, honorable mention), Best Long Form Documentary (second place) and Best Corporate Video (third place).

According to Langel, the benefit to students is that KSP “provides students with hands on digital media experience while they are members of Kirkwood Student Productions. They will most likely make mistakes while working on projects in KSP. However, it is better to make those mistakes now while the consequences are not as high as they would be at their first job in this field.” 

For more information about KSP, students are encouraged to attend a KSP meeting in Linn Hall, Room 1228, during activity hour at 11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.  

For more information about the clubs and organizations, please visit www.kirkwood.edu/clubs

Image courtesy of Jeff Sigmund

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