“It’s really going to open doors for students,” says Jack Banks, associate professor and co-director of the School of Communication, about the University’s new television studio set. Featuring a moveable and contemporary anchor desk with a graphics screen, interchangeable lighting, and upgraded control room software and equipment, the new set gives students hands-on experience with the same equipment found in a professional newsroom.
This, Banks says, gives both communication students enrolled in television production courses and members of the student-run television network STN, an advantage when seeking employment
Emma Palumbo ’18 of Roslyn County, N.Y., a cinema major and STN’s general manager, says the set and studio look professional and provide flexibility. “With this new desk and set, there’s more options,” she says. “We can bring in a podium and screen, or chairs and couches for a talk show and use any color lights in the background. Emma says the School of Communication’s introduction and advanced television production classes, as well as its cinema classes, can use the set to produce game shows, talk shows, and entertainment or sports programming.
“We keep adding to the studio and updating our editing software. With all this new equipment and set, it’s a great opportunity for communication and cinema majors who are interested in live television production,” she says.
Matthew Vega ’18 of Waterbury, Conn., a communication major and news anchor at STN, likes the set’s flexibility. “The more comfortable setting helps me do a better job,” he says. “We’re always updating the studio, whether it’s the set, a new editing software, or engineering equipment.” Matthew, who plans to work as a news reporter and anchor, says it will help him prepare for and get accustomed to what is being used in newsrooms around the country.