Being a journalist today means being prepared to cover a story at a moment’s notice. It also means having the right equipment to capture photos, audio and video and being able to publish content in real-time. Because of this, we recommend all journalism students purchase a smartphone. If you are a photojournalism major you must purchase a SLR (single-lens reflex) digital camera.
Your smartphone should have the ability to capture photos, audio and video and connect to the Internet either via Wi-Fi or your carrier's network. Most Android phones and/or iPhones will meet these requirements.
If you do not currently own a smartphone, but you have a FlipCam or Kodak zi8, you may use these to capture photos and video. Some point-and-shoot cameras will be okay for photos and video, but it is your responsibility to make sure your equipment can connect to the journalism lab computers and your images and video files can be imported into the required applications.
For advanced multimedia classes you will also be required to use professional grade equipment for capturing audio and video. The department has a variety of devices available for you to check out on a first come, first serve basis.
Other classes may require that you purchase professional grade equipment. Photojournalism courses, for example, require that you purchase an SLR digital camera. But check with your instructor for more details about what will be needed. If you have any questions regarding equipment, please contact Scot Tucker, Sachi Cunningham, Ken Kobre, Jesse Garnier, Rachel Kanigel, or Yumi Wilson.
The department hosts four labs. Labs are generally open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. HUM 309/310 is dedicated to the [X]press Newsroom. You are welcome to use those computers when newsroom staff is not working on them. HUM 312 is also a lab, but it is also a place where many journalism courses are taught. You are welcome to use those computers when classes are not in session. HUM 304 is another available to students when classes are not in session. HUM 306 is a smaller lab, but is available to you throughout the day.
Help us keep the labs and classrooms clean. Throw away all food when finished with it. Food left in rooms attracts rodents and we don’t like rodents roaming the halls at night and putting their feet up when we’re gone. Also please keep all food and drinks away from the computers. We want to keep the computers in the best shape as possible.