New Digital Journalism Center Opens At NMSU
New Mexico State University has a new digital journalism center that provides students the opportunity to learn what it takes to become a multi-media journalist.
The $100,000 facility, located in the Journalism Department has a Mac Lab with creative suites, along with a sound proof audio booth, and a small studio for producing podcasts complete with a green screen.
Once the students are complete with their projects they can publish their material online on one of two department websites.
Dr. Hwiman Chung, Journalism and Mass Communication Department Head believes that this facility will provide students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to becoming a journalist in the 21st century.
“They can shoot video, then edit, write something about the story, and get published. So all of that work will take place in one place,” says Chung.
The studio also has a stylish newsroom design, complete with windows surrounding parts of the facility so students passing by have an opportunity to see news being produced live.
“This department eventually decided to create this center expecting to have more students, and then using this center as a recruitment tool,” says Chung.
The studio is currently open to journalism students at NMSU. However, all students working on multi-media projects can use the facility beginning in Spring 2014.