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Education

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.

The school broke ground for Wallis Annenberg Hall in late 2012. Scheduled to open next fall, the 88,000-square-foot, five-floor building will feature technology-rich classrooms and multi-purpose rooms, as well as an auditorium, ground-level public forum, and research labs. ABS will design and build television, radio, and webcast studios, as well as control rooms and edit bays, to support the newsroom environment. The project will also include the installation of a media asset management system, which will be used by students across the school. 

ABS is taking a phased approach to the project. Currently in Phase I, the company is evaluating technologies that will maintain the integrity of the school's converged workflow while remaining sensitive to budgetary restraints. Initial plans include equipment and software from Adobe, Avid, Primestream, and Ross. Phase II, which will include equipment procurement and installation, is expected to be complete by the end of April 2014.

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals, across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university in a global urban environment.