Professor Gregory Martin presented “Shockwave Alliances: Funding Future Electronic Media Education” at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) conference in April, 2006. He also served on the BEA Student Media Advisors panel, and is scheduled as an alternate Sport Production panel member at the BEA Conference and workshops in April, 2007.
Professor Martin also produces 20 ST. CLOUD STATE Husky hockey games each year, showcasing ST. CLOUD STATE and other MnSCU schools statewide on a new cable television network designed for this purpose. Husky hockey coverage requires twenty 12 hour Fridays and Saturdays over the hockey season from October into March, as well as many hours of advance planning and production for each game produced. Professor Martin also serves as a consultant to ST. CLOUD STATE in negotiating cable television production contracts that help fund hockey production costs and are scheduled to generate income in excess of half a million dollars over five years. In 2005, the second hockey contract was successfully negotiated.
Husky Productions coverage of hockey is the most complex, demanding and professional television production at ST. CLOUD STATE. It requires a crew of over thirty students in each production. These productions have won national and regional awards. In spring 2007, ST. CLOUD STATE students provided the first live coverage of the WCHA first round play-off games at the ST. CLOUD STATE National Hockey Center.
In advanced television production courses, Professor Martin serves as executive producer while students write, pre-plan, produce and present 10 “ULocal” Public Affairs shows per term (20/year). The shows focus on arts activities, artists and programs, as well as featuring ST. CLOUD STATE cultural nights and events, and features guest speakers from under-represented communities, in the United States and around the world. Points and places of interest in this region are also covered. Students plan and produce television packages featured in the show, and the show production is completed in class teams.
In March, 2007, Professor Martin joined ST. CLOUD STATE students in Los Angeles as they received the top national honor, a College EMMY award, from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, for the best daily television news broadcast produced by students. This is the first such prestigious award won by UTVS news broadcast journalism and television production students at ST. CLOUD STATE.
Professor Martin is presently working with a mass communications graduate student on a research project that will examine mass communications programs, university media production by students, and mass communications program funding strategies. He is also currently in production of a documentary about the removal of swastikas from the local cathedral in St. Cloud, and has proposals in development for another television documentary with a linked website and a tandem book. Professional creative work continues with personal art photography and documentation of student television production work for and at ST. CLOUD STATE.