The rugged bonded cellular transmitters will let students file live reports from the field, and send back completed stories or clips of stories for editing and later broadcast.
Students at the station have had their hands on the Dejero producet for a few months now and have been able to broadcast a wide range of stories, including stories from away football games, crime scenes, city council meetings and weather-related news.
Recently, a story about a Missouri state appeals court overturning the conviction of someone who spent a decade in jail showed the students the true power of bonded cellular technology. The press conference was held in an upstairs hotel room, so running cable from an ENG van would have been difficult. With the transmitter, the news crew was able to go live with the entire press conference without worrying about hooking up to an ENG vehicle.
“One of the reasons the Missouri School of Journalism is so well respected is because we give our students hands-on experience with the tools and technologies they’re likely to encounter in their first television job,” Stacey Woelfel, associate professor of journalism at the university, said in a statement. “After using the Dejero LIVE+ 20/20 Transmitters, we believe bonded wireless technology will help shape the future of professional ENG.”