Regional
2:39 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

NMSU Journalism Department Launching All-In-One Digital Media Center

New Mexico State University students will soon be able to record, edit and publish a podcast from a single room thanks to a new digital media center. The multi-media facility, which is located in Room 157 of Milton Hall, contains broadcasting capabilities, an interactive computer lab and a soundproof booth. The center will be open for journalism students from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Aug. 26.

"We tried to incorporate every aspect of media, from traditional to new media," said Hwiman Chung, journalism and mass communications department head in the College of Arts and Sciences. "And because podcasting is so popular these days, we wanted to give students the opportunity to create their own individual podcasting."

The center's broadcast studio is a smaller version of NMSU's News22, the student news station. There, students can record various news and information broadcasts before uploading as individual podcasts in the adjoining computer lab.

The computer lab has 20 workstations for students. In this area, students can write and edit their stories before publishing to one of the department's two websites. Three large windows accent the room, where passing students will get a glimpse of the happenings of a real news lab.

The center's soundproof booth will provide an acoustically controlled environment for radio recordings and other audio projects.

Designed by Chung, the media project began in May 2012, and meets the American Disabilities Association standards. It has been made possible with support from College of Arts and Sciences Dean Christa Slaton, ASNMSU and NMSU ICT.

Currently, only NMSU journalism students will have access to the center, but in spring 2014, all students working on mass communications projects will have the opportunity to utilize its extended hours from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The center will be officially named during a faculty meeting next week, and an open house will be scheduled for mid-September.

For more information contact NMSU's Department of Journalism at 575-646-1034.