Above: School of Communication seniors Caiti Monaco and Charles Godart in the producer's newsroom in University Center. Below: Godart uses one of the editing work stations.
It is a work space critical in today’s broadcast news world, and a space students in the School of Communication now have right on campus -- a producer’s newsroom.
This newly renovated, $43,000 space in Room 314 University Center is creating new opportunities for students involved in advanced multimedia production, including video news-making.
“You’ve always got to have a few advanced students who are working in that editorial role or that producer’s role,” says School of Communication Dean Tim Hudson. Up until fall semester, they had no dedicated place to work.
They do now. The producer’s newsroom is not only equipped for organizing newscasts and editing video and audio for use on the student TV station, radio station and the Web. Students are able to do more complex work as well, according to Jesse Colaizzi, coordinator of the student broadcasting network and photographic facilities, and advisor for U-View, the on-campus cable network.
“It has live TV capability in addition to being a work space for scriptwriting and getting shows together,” Colaizzi says.
Students are taking advantage of the new equipment and have begun producing live 10-minute newsbreaks at 9 a.m. weekdays for U-View.
To act as a remote broadcasting studio, the producer’s newsroom is set up with a camera, lighting, microphones and a small news anchor desk. It is connected for audio, video and data, and connected to the studios and control room in University Center as well as the convergence news lab in Academic Hall.
“We’re dealing with tapeless cameras, easy access to be able to upload video to the Web and host it there, all from that one place. Students don’t have to have different facilities to incorporate into one project. From start to finish, it can all happen in that room,” explains Colaizzi.
Work stations line the walls of the producer’s newsroom and house computers with media production software to design, edit video and audio, record voice-overs and encode video for Web publishing. A key piece of software is a script management and organizing program, ENPS, which streamlines the production process with templates for TV, radio and Web, and interfaces with the teleprompter system.
That software is part of the reason Caiti Monaco, a senior TV broadcasting major from New Kensington, Pa., is glad to have the producer’s newsroom.
“We have a place to work now instead of having to wait until all of the U-View shows are done or having to go to the editing suites. We have a place where we can print to tape and put everything onto ENPS, which is fantastic.”
Monaco estimates she will spend about 10 hours a week in the producer’s newsroom, editing and creating stories and newscasts as will her fellow producers. Finally having a place where their work is given priority, she says, is pretty cool.