Marshall University developed a comprehensive plan to promote safety of students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wearing masks, hand sanitizing, social distancing, following directional guidelines and cleaning workspaces are standard expectations.
The nature of work in Journalism and Mass Communications presents considerations in addition to those expected of all campus constituents. Please exercise these additional precautions in order to continue making vibrant media products this semester.
Communications Building Ingress and Egress
Because Communications Building passageways are small, during class changes enter the building through west entrance (Smith Hall) and exit through the doors on the north side of the building (Third Avenue doors).
Sanitizing Shared Equipment
Think about the things you touch during use—buttons, faders, knobs, switches, microphone arms, light stands and camera bodies that are held close to your faces. Gently clean those surfaces that are touched or held close to faces. Never douse or drench equipment.
Generally, to clean equipment used in the making of mass media, dip a soft cloth into a cleaning solution and gently wipe surfaces. Do not rub vigorously. Do not soak or spray equipment.
In most cases you can use:
- Soap and water (mix soap and warm water)
- 70% isopropyl alcohol solution (can fog LCD screens, dull surfaces and soften rubber if used heavily or in the 90% mixed range)
- Disinfecting wipes
Computer keyboards and mice in lab spaces will be:
- covered with fitted keyboard covers that permit spray disinfecting by students between users, or
- covered with removable covers that will be disposed of and replaced between users.
Use latex or nitrile gloves when operating still cameras, movie cameras, floor cameras or 360° cameras. After use, dispose of the gloves. Wipe camera body and lenses lightly with a non-chlorine disinfectant (chlorine can fade lettering, dull finishes and soften rubber)—soap and water, 70% isopropyl alcohol or commercial disinfectant wipes. Avoid getting fluids into crevices. Cotton swabs can be used to help reach small spaces when needed. Gently blot or let the equipment air dry. Camera straps can generally be washed, but watch for delicate trims and leather.
Whenever possible, consider rotating cameras that are being checked out to build in time lapses between users.
NEVER spray a camera with cleaning solutions or disinfecting products.
Tripods and lights
Wipe tripods with disinfecting wipes. After lights are cool gently wipe in areas that have been handled.
Microphones and headsets
Try to get individual mic covers for each user. Gently spray with disinfectant any shared wind screens. Between uses wipe the microphone and microphone arms with a cleaning solution. Gently wipe shared headsets, but be aware that headset earpads are often sensitive to cleaners.
Consoles in production studios will be covered with lightweight, clear plastic drop cloths that will be replaced between uses. In addition, consoles will be cleaned at the end of each day.
Lightly rub contact surfaces, buttons, faders, etc., with a cleaning solution. Do not soak consoles or allow fluids to seep into the units.
NEVER spray a console with cleaning solutions or disinfecting products.
Television and radio studio occupancy must be kept at a minimum. Set surfaces and common mics must be cleaned between uses. Contact points of floor cameras must be wiped with cleaning solutions between uses. Television anchors must sit at opposite ends of the anchor desk. Students operating floor cameras must wear masks and latex or nitrile gloves.
- Guide in How to Disinfect Your Camera and Gear Amidst COVID-19, https://epfilms.tv/guide-disinfect-camera-gear-amidst-covid19/, EP Films.
- How to Disinfect Camera Equipment and Spaces, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlaObkim1iI, Lens Rental Podcast.
- How to Disinfect Camera Equipment and Spaces, https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2020/03/how-to-disinfect-camera-equipment-and-spaces/, Lens Rentals.
- 12 Tips For Creating A Safer Radio Studio In A Coronavirus Reality, http://www.insideradio.com/free/12-tips-for-creating-a-safer-radio-studio-in-a-coronavirus-reality/article_5d948476-6503-11ea-8b4e-5f577a0bce6d.html, Inside radio.
- Recommendations For Cleaning and Sanitizing Consoles and Equipment, https://support.telosalliance.com/article/joc3npu6yy-recommendations-for-cleaning-sanitizing-consoles-and-equipment, TelosHelp.