Dr. Alan Stephenson,
Professor and Director of the Graduate
thanks for visiting my page. I've been at JCU since 1985
and teach courses in television production, film, photojournalism
and broadcast management. I also direct the Graduate program
in Communications Management.
I'm an upstate New Yorker who got his bachelors
and masters from the State University at Albany and my PhD
at Ohio State. Worked in broadcasting and cable for 20 years,
doing everything from sweeping floors to managing. Most
of the time was spent as a writer, producer, director and
photographer. Spent quite a bit of time in film production
and visited about two dozen countries in the process. Got
to do my first film while still in high school. Won a few
awards along the way.
Planned to become a college teacher while
still in my 20's, but wanted a TV career first. It actually
worked out that way. JCU has some very nice facilities,
with very much of a hands-on philosophy. Students get to
work with both Photoshop and non-linear editing as well
as many other things. There's a more complete list at this
address. Studying television is a good way to learn about
film making, while saving a considerable number of dollars
in lab fees. We've had several grads go in to further work
at film schools.
I've been a collector (or accumulator) all
my life. Still have papers from grade school. Biggest interest
now is old documents and manuscripts, which I define as
anything with a significant amount of handwriting on it.
I have many letters, wills, court orders, etc. primarily
from the period 1750 -1850. Its a great way to get a feel
for the times and the people. I have a BA in history and
still enjoy the field. There are documents and manuscripts
that sell for hundreds, even thousands of dollars. I don't
play in that league, rather I find them in antique shops
and at auctions for a few dollars.
Below are a couple of interesting samples.
First is a such a
letter from an uncle to his nephew, instructing him
to stop writing to his cousin, (the man's daughter). In
that era it was not unusual to marry your cousin and Mr.
Skidmore apparently didn't want anything to develop. The
other is a three
pager describing the hard times being experienced by
the people who have been moving west. Most want to go back
east but are too broke to move. The writer has bought some
oxen and he and a partner are going further west to break
prairie. To me its a little like being there.
If you have any questions, I'd be happy to
correspond with you via email. My address is
Dr. Stephenson In the News
Edition of 'Broadcast Announcing Worktext'", Posted
January 31, 2005 (Story contributed by Dr. Alan Stephenson)