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New USC Media Center for Communication and Journalism Underway

ImageThe Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles is expanding the video and audio technology within its Wallis Annenberg Hall, a new building that's part of a multimillion-dollar technology investment. A videojournalist's delight, the project includes television and radio broadcast production and post-production systems and will result in a new 20,000-square-foot converged newsroom/media center. Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) has been awarded the contract to design, integrate, and deploy the required technology and systems.

Examination of job skills wins paper award at World Journalism Education Congress

ImageThe need for journalists to have strong social and mobile media skills has skyrocketed in the past three years, but the need for basic journalism skills remains critical, too.   The bottom line is that journalism educators must prepare their students to do more than ever before. Those are the findings of an award-winning paper co-authored by Meek School Associate Professor and head of the journalism program, Debora Wenger. One of Wenger's co-authors, Dr. Lynn Owens, heads the journalism program at William Peace University; the two have been replicating this study since 2008 in order to track the needs of the journalism industry.

Seven Steps To Help You Get a Journalism Job in Tough Economic Times

So the economy's tanking, newspapers are laying people off by the hundreds and no one knows what the news business will look like in five years. Depressing, right? Maybe so. But even in these tough economic times there are things you can do to improve your odds of finding a job in journalism. Want to know more? Read on... 1. Prepare Yourself in College: You can graduate with a 4.0 GPA and join whatever Greek-lettered honor society you want, but what editors want to see from recent college grads is experience. Journalism classes are fine, but there's no substitute for writing real stories, on a real deadline, that get a real byline in a real newspaper. So write for your student newspaper, then maybe move up to an editor job. And once you've got some student newspaper experience under your belt, start applying for internships.

Recording Arts School Adds JVC ProHD Cameras for Television Production

ImageJVC has announced the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS), a Phoenix-based audio recording, engineering and production school, has purchased four JVC GY-HM600 ProHD handheld camcorders to support its new expanded curriculum. Starting Oct. 25, CRAS will extend its 30-week Master Recording Program to 36 weeks for new students and will add live broadcast production audio as an educational focus. The JVC cameras will be shared between a new control room and 42-foot production expando trailer, which have been outfitted with oversized audio areas for more convenient instruction. "We built a broadcast production facility with a basic switching system for the purpose of teaching how audio integrates into television production," said Robert Brock, director of the CRAS Digital Department.

2013 Fall Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship

Applications for the 2013 Fall Kyoto Prize Journalism Fellowship are now being accepted through September 5th. The Fellowship provides an exceptional learning opportunity for journalists seeking to further their knowledge and depth of reporting in technology, science and the arts. The selected journalist will travel to Kyoto, Japan in November 2013 where he or she will attend the annual Kyoto Prize Award Ceremony, lectures and workshops November 10-12. The fellowship is open to North American journalists and covers transportation, accommodations, and per-diem expenses. 

CSUN Students Learn Lighting with Litepanels

ImageThe students in the Cinema & Television Arts Department at California State University Northridge (CSUN) recently unpacked the newest addition to their lighting package, Litepanels Sola 6 Fresnel units. "They are a great addition to the lighting equipment we offer our students," said cinematography department head Richard R. Ollis. Ollis has put the new LED lights to work, demonstrating various lighting set-ups. "We used the Sola 6's with 1/4 CTO gels for key and fill lights and with 1/4 CTB as backlight to emulate moonlight," he said. "We also set up a practical candle light dinner scene to demo how they could emulate candle light on subjects sitting opposite each other at a table. The Solas 6's provided a back cross key pattern and low front fill.

University of Georgia Adds LiveU for Live Sports Coverage

ImageGeorgia IMG Sports Marketing has contracted with LiveU ( to deploy its cellular bonding technology for live transmission for coverage of UGA Athletics this Fall, 2013. UGA will utilize LiveU's LU70 cellular transmission backpack to send live video from pre and post-game activities, locker room, live Olympic competitions, and more, directly to its official site at as well as to their in-stadium video boards.

Society of Professional Journalists Conference

Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EIJ13) is the journalism conference designed to help dedicated journalists thrive. Come to Southern California from Aug. 24 to 26 to learn, connect and grow as a media professional.

Here's a taste of the EIJ13 programs feast:
• Claiming Your Power in the New Media Newsroom
• Effective Use of Social Tools for Breaking and Big-Issue Reporting
• Facebook Usage Survey
• Drones: The New Airborne Reporter in Your Future

Excellence In Journalism Conference

A journalism conference should have outstanding training, hundreds of well-connected professionals and an exciting, entertaining atmosphere. You'll experience that and more at Excellence in Journalism 2013 (EJ13). Make your travel plans to attend EIJ13 Aug. 24 to 26 in Southern California -- registration is open and, gosh, these programs look inviting:
• 15 Social Media Ideas Newsroom Leaders Can't Live Without
• Digging Deeper with Social Media
• Making the Right Call: The Ethics Challenge
• Write This Workshop on digital writing and design
• Diversity Data-Mining: Finding Important Demographic Trends in Census Data

Plattsburg State University Gets Litepanels LED Fixtures

ImageThe students of the Communications Studies program at Plattsburgh State University of New York recently unpacked new high-end lighting destined for their upgraded production studio. The state-of-the-art lighting included the same Litepanels LED fixtures that are used in professional broadcast and television studios worldwide.  The lighting, which included the Sola 6 focusable Fresnels and 1x1 panel lights, were donated to the university by Litepanels. "The lighting will be installed in Studio A of the Albert R. Montararo Television Studios," said Dr. Shakuntala Rao, chairperson of the Communications Studies Program at SUNY Plattsburgh. "This studio is used extensively by our students to produce a variety of shows for PSTV. Good lighting is the foundation of good television.