James E. Machado, an assistant professor for Millersville University’s Communication and Theatre department, was awarded the Leibner Cooper Grant for Creative Productions on the History of Media. This grant annually awards $2,500 to a faculty member who is producing a documentary, news story, multimedia project or sports production focused on historical issues, figures and/or events related to media.
Machado’s project is a documentary that chronicles the preservation of 30 year’s worth of 16mm news footage between 1949 and 1979 from the NBC affiliate station, WGAL-TV, here in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The WGAL Digital Archive, a priority for the university administration, focuses on digitizing and preserving this locally created film, which continues to face irreversible degradation, and also teaches students to create, digitize and preserve 16 mm film.
“The project that this grant will help fund represents a convergence of many things I hold dear. I’m fascinated by the ways in which media technology comes full circle, as techniques for modern image acquisition more closely resemble the chemical processes of the past. I’m enthusiastic about the documentary form, and I feel blessed to be able to tell this particular story. I’m also excited to deliver a glimpse into the amazing work happening at Millersville University to preserve these valuable artifacts of Lancaster history,” shares Machado.