Facilities & Technology
The College of Communications has 20 labs in six different buildings on campus. They include numerous facilities available for student use outside of class, or for use as part of class work. Descriptions of each follow, including contact information for using the respective labs.
101 Innovation Park
ComMedia is a 24/7 newsroom and multimedia production facility used by the best students in the College of Communications. It houses a state-of-the-art, high-definition television set for news and sports productions.
Professional-quality content produced by students is broadcast locally and distributed over an HD campus channel and featured on psucommedia.com, the College's student media website. Students can produce live shots from a number of on-campus locations, including Nittanyville and the Trading Room at the Business Building.
While in the field, student use high definition ENG-style or prosumer cameras. These cameras record on an SDHC flash media, making a truly tapeless workflow possible.
The ComMedia facility has 30 Mac Pro computers assigned to different media production roles -- including video editing and encoding, photo editing, audio recording and video playback and capture in the TV studio control room. The Mac Pro's are tied to an xSan, allowing students to access their media from any workstation in the facility.
Shows produced in ComMedia's HD TV studio use AP's industry standard ENPS software, which users connect to through virtual machine technology.
The Equipment Center (Suite 213B) houses audio and video equipment for use by students for class assignments.
Film-Video Shooting Space
The Film-Video Shooting Space (Suite 213E) is a large open room (22' X 28') with a lighting grid, blackout curtain and ample power and space to support the lights and specialized equipment used in the film program.
Finestra Digital Editing Lab
The Finestra Digital Editing Lab (Suite 213Q) is a state-of-the-art facility for video post-production is that serves the needs of telecommunications, broadcast journalism and film-video students. There are 20 Apple iMac's with Final Cut Studio editing software available. Students use portable firewire drives in this lab so they can easily move their projects and media to other editing stations and/other editing facilities or computer labs. The lab is generally open and staffed for 70 hours per week and a many as 98 hours a week toward the end of a semester.
Innovation Park Computer Lab
The Innovation Park Computer Lab (Suite 213A) consists of 20 iMACs. Software applications include Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver and Final Draft, a specialized screenwriting word processor. This lab is used primarily by film and broadcast journalism students. Access is controlled, and communications students have card-swipe access during certain hours outside of scheduled class time.
103 Innovation Park
Digital Audio Laboratory
The Digital Audio Laboratory (Suite 205) serves students in radio production courses, sports broadcasting and broadcast journalism courses. The lab consists of two rooms: an on-air broadcast studio with an AudioArts R-60 Console, RE-20 Mics, SDHC recorder, a digital audio workstation featuring Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software and other broadcast industry standard equipment.
The lab features 10 DAW's with Hindenburg editing software and card readers. The card readers allow students to "drag and drop" their audio from SDHC cards into the editing software. Other related software includes Audacity, GarageBand, iTunes, QuickTime, Associated Press wire service, and Microsoft Office. Additional resources include a phone transfer station where students can call and record sources for news or sports packages to their SDHC card. Headphones and a music-and-sound effects library are also part of the library. All DAW's are tied to a central server allowing students to transfer, save and access their projects from either the audio or broadcast lab.
SCHC field recorders used in conjunction with this lab may be checked out from the equipment room.
Digital Broadcast News Laboratory
The Digital Broadcast News Laboratory (Suite 205) is designed for students in broadcast journalism. The lab consists of two rooms: an on-air broadcast studio with an AudioArts R-60 Console, RE-20 Mics, SDHC recorder, a Digital Audio Workstation featuring Hindenburg Journalist Pro editing software and other broadcast industry standard equipment. The lab features 10 DAW's with Hindenburg editing software and card readers. The card readers allow students to "drag and drop" their audio from SCHC cards into the editing software. Other related software includes Associated Press wire service and Microsoft Office. Additional resources include a phone transfer station where students can call and record sources for news packages to their SDHC card. All DAW's are tied to a central server allowing students to transfer, save and access their projects from either the audio or broadcast lab.
SCHC fiedd recorders used in conjunction with this lab may be checked out from the equipment room.
A television studio (Suite 205) is named for WJAC-TV. It is equipped with latest-in-the-industry HD digital technology in both the control room and studio. The studio lab provides students with the opportunity to gain both "on-air" and "behind-the-scenes" experience. This lab is set up for recording and broadcasting productions developed by faculty and students.
The lab can be run as a news station, using different sets to produce a standard network news production, including sports and weather segments. It is also used for specific topic presentations, both student and faculty produced, such as "Icers Hockey Report," "After Hours," "Centre Spotlight" and "Final Cut," to name a few.
Carnegie Cinema (113 Carnegie Building) is a general-purpose classroom used for for film series, for visiting filmmakers, for analysis of films in film classes that require a high level of control for sound and quality, and for production classes.
Carnegie Photo Lab
The Carnegie Photo Lab (6 Carnegie Building) consists of 16 Intel iMac computers, running a variety of software in support of the College's photojournalism courses. Applications include Adobe CreativeSuite, FinalCut Pro and a variety of audio-video utilities and conversion programs.
Access to this lab is controlled, and only students in the above-mentioned courses are permitted to use this facility.
Pro Tools Studio
The Pro Tools Studio (16 Carnegie Building) building is equipped to help film and video students edit, mix and master their sound. The attached sound booth can be used for re-recording dialogue and recording clean sound effects and voiceovers.
Carnegie Mac Lab
The Carnegie Mac Lab (19 Carnegie Building) consists of 21 Intel iMac computers, running a variety of software in support of journalism, advertising and film classes. Applications include Adobe CreativeSuite, Microsoft Office, Quark Express and FinalDraft, a specialized screenwriting word processor.
Access to this lab is controlled. Communications students may have 24-hour access outside of scheduled class time.
Carnegie Film Lab
The Carnegie Film Lab (21 Carnegie Building) is an unstaffed, 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week video editing resource for junior and senior film-video students. There are nine editing stations available with Final Cut Studio and Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium software installed. Students use portable firewire drives in this lab so they can easily move their projects and media to other editing stations and/or other editing facilities and computer labs.
Donald W. Davis Advertising Laboratory
The Donald W. Davis Advertising Laboratory (121 Carnegie Building) was designed for students majoring in advertising and public relations, and is used exclusively by those students and faculty members. This lab consists of 28 Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise computers, running a variety of software in support of marketing, advertising, journalism and graduate classes.
John Curley News Writing Laboratory
The John Curley News Writing Laboratory (206 Carnegie Building) consists of 21 Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise computers, running a variety of software in support of journalism and graduate classes. Software includes Microsoft Office 2010 and qualitative research software such as SPSS 18 and Amos 18.
Media Effects Lab I
The Media Effects Lab I (306 James Building) The Traditional Media Wing provides mainly graduate students and faculty the opportunity to do research involving radio, news, television, film and video game entertainment. Experiments may be conducted through the one-way mirror that separates the experimental room and observation room. The lab is also utilized by a few undergraduate students and graduate students from other departments, such as Communications Arts and Sciences.
Media Effects Lab II
The Media Effects Lab II (309 James) The New Media Wing has 22 computers and, like the Traditional Media Wing, also provides graduate students and faculty the opportunity to do research and to conduct experiments. For example, researchers can study implicit vs. explicit reactions in participants by testing their reaction time.
Gannett Foundation New Media Laboratory
The Gannett Foundation New Media Laboratory (317 Willard Building) provides a site for more sophisticated training and opportunities for the College's upper-division students. This lab consists of 21 Intel iMac computers, running a variety of software in support of journalism, layout and design. Applications include Adobe CreativeSuite, Microsoft Office and Quark Express.
This lab, used almost exclusively by the Department of Journalism, is designed to encourage collaborative learning. Access is limited to scheduled class time.
Shooting space (316 Willard Building) is available for photography and film students. There is no official equipment.
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park
The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism has a dedicated classroom/seminar room in the University's baseball stadium. The room -- large enough for a skills class with about 15 students -- also serves as a host location for guests and special events at the ballpark. The space also allows students to study and write in an area separate from the press box.
Students who are in sports broadcasting or sports writing classes can participate a briefing in a classroom session and then go to their respective reporting positions.
The room includes several work stations, cable TV and other typical classroom amenities. In addition, the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park has a broadcast position specifically for ComRadio, the Web-based radio station housed in the College.
Page last updated: January 22, 2013