Morgan County Introduces New Digital Media Program

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BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Residents of Morgan County will now have an opportunity to get in front of the camera or go behind the scenes, in a new program provided by the Morgan Arts Council.

"It's not going to be like a TV station where you're assigned something," said Jack Kelly, director for the Digital Media Center at the Morgan Arts Council. "They'll basically say, 'I'd love to do this.' Then we'll train you to do it."

Kelly retired two years ago after a 30-year career in public broadcasting. He came up with the idea after meeting with members of the Arts Council, who were already planning on bringing a digital media program to the area.

"They got a grant so we could do the initial purchase of equipment," Kelly said. "That's basically how it all got started."

Kelly and other instructors will train people based on what they want to learn. This includes directing, editing, producing or operating a camera. From there, they will begin making short documentaries and stories on topics in the area.

"I wanted to do it because my life has been in broadcast television," Kelly said. "I wanted to share my experience and the love I have for broadcast TV with other people, because it's fun."

The first orientation kicked off Tuesday night. Orientations will be held the first Tuesday of each month at the Morgan Arts Center in the Ice House in Berkeley Springs. For more information on how you can get involved, click here.


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