WGEM, Herald-Whig donation to help QU's TV broadcast/video production program

Posted: Dec. 10, 2012 6:46 pm Updated: Jan. 1, 2013 10:00 am

WGEM and The Quincy Herald-Whig recently donated $30,000 to Quincy University's television broadcast and video production program.

The donation will enable the university to buy updated production equipment, including high-definition cameras and video-editing software.

The equipment will be used in the university's television broadcast studio, home of QUTV. The Internet-based channel, which broadcasts a campus news program and sporting events, can be found at

"We are pleased to provide this support to Quincy University," said Ralph Oakley, president and CEO of Quincy Newspapers Inc., which owns WGEM and The Quincy Herald-Whig.

"We have partnered with the university in many ways over the years. This particular opportunity allows us to help their students, many of whom will be entering our industry."

Barbara Schleppenbach, chairman of QU's Fine Arts and Communication Division, said Quincy University's long-term collaboration with WGEM and The Quincy Herald-Whig "has been immensely beneficial" to QU students.

"As our broadcast curriculum continues to grow, this support and affirmation from a recognized community leader inspires and challenges us to offer distinctive and up-to-the minute educational opportunities," Schleppenbach said in a NEWS release from QU.

QU is raising funds to renovate and relocate the television broadcast studio to North Campus. The new studio, including the new equipment, will be available for students beginning in fall 2013.