Educational Media Company

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The Educational Media Company at Virginia Tech (EMCVT) is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit governing body over student mass media organizations of the Virginia Tech campus. The EMCVT board of directors is made up of Virginia Tech faculty and staff, students, and members of the Blacksburg, Virginia community. As the parent company, EMCVT owns the copyrights on all media produced by its divisions.


EMCVT is a successor to the old Student Media Board, and was formed in 1997. Several seperate forces lead to it's creation:

  • desire among student media organizations for more freedom
  • Several missteps by the Collegiate Times and other organizations in the Media Board, culminating in the Director of Buttlicking lawsuit
  • Confrontations between Squires facilities personnel and media organization members

In 2003, the structure of the EMCVT was called into question by Virginia House of Delegates member Robert G. Marshall as a result of content Marshall found objectionable on the Sex Talk Live aired on VTTV. Marshall called for university officials to provide more oversight over student media on campus.[1] Virginia Tech President Charles Steger responded that he "...approached the idea of prior restraint [of student media] with uneasy caution" and the matter was dropped.


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