Bachelor of Communication Studies students test-drive the university’s new television studio in Allard Hall.
New television studio officially opens
February 12, 2020 | Society, Arts & Culture
A state-of-the-art television studio unveiled at an event on February 10 will provide MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Communication Studies students with a new way to hone their storytelling skills.
“Not only do our grads need to be skilled writers,” said Dr. Allan Gilliland, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications. “They must also be practiced videographers, editors and social media experts.”
In recognition of that, the studio is equipped with the newest tech available – editing suites, a chroma key (green screen) wall, 4K cameras, wireless video transmitters and professional-level audio equipment. It also features a ceiling-mounted camera, allowing professors to demonstrate the studio’s equipment to entire classes of students at once.
It’s a rich, hands-on learning environment designed to enhance a communications studies program that prepares grads for the jobs of the future, says Acting President John McGrath.
“Our program not only prepares students for employment when they graduate,” he said. “It teaches them the strategic and contextual thinking needed to adapt or change direction as the media landscape evolves.”
Students are already working on projects that will find a home in the studio, including an interdisciplinary documentary project led by journalism faculty member Jason Symington that focuses on anthropology research Dr. Hugh Mackenzie and his students are conducting in Russia. Opportunities for collaboration also extend beyond the university’s walls, with plans for MacEwan students to take part in a variety of community-service learning projects.
“Students should be really proud of these facilities,” said Jim Haskins, station manager and news director, Global News. During the event’s live broadcast, Haskins made two scholarship announcements – a new annual Global News Journalism Scholarship and the renewal of the newly renamed 630 CHED endowment. “I’ve been in journalism for decades now, and never before in my lifetime have I felt that journalism – and journalists – are more important.”
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