FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Street-Side TV and Radio Studio Unveiled on
Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus
$1.5M Studio Situated in Downtown Chicago, on the Corner of Pearson and Wabash
CHICAGO, March 4, 2010–With the opening of the University’s first television and radio broadcasting studio, Loyola University Chicago School of Communication (SOC) students looking to hone their skills in the fields of television and radio broadcasting now have the tools of the pros at their disposal.
The $1.5 million studio, located at the corner of Wabash and Pearson in the heart of the University’s Water Tower Campus, was completed in mid-January and features a fully functional broadcast newsroom–a portable anchor desk, convergence and editing stations, and street-viewing accessibility–that offers a similar look and feel to the same newsrooms seen on local Chicago stations WMAQ-TV, WLS-TV, and WBBM-TV.
We’re excited about the launch of this new studio, said Donald Heider, dean of the SOC. The studio will provide unparalleled opportunities for students to build their portfolios, and it’s an integral part of the training that we’re now offering within our school.
Students majoring in a communications field will now have the ability to put together their own video packages, broadcasts, and films. Those involved with the newscasting and producing class have already begun producing news programs that will eventually be Webcast and available on campus via the University’s digital screens. Other features include a band performance space for TV and radio broadcasts, a green screen to aid in weather broadcasts and film production, and space for student journalists involved with the City News Bureau program.
The equipment found in the studio really is state-of-the-art, and in our opinion, gives students a leg up as they prepare to enter the workforce and various newsrooms across the country, added Heider. While preparing to build the studio, we toured a number of newsrooms and control rooms, and we think we were able to capture the best of each and include it in our studio.
Convergence Studio Features:
- A control room fully integrated with the studio for professional-grade production work
- Sixteen computers, both Macs and PCs, that are synchronized with the news server for seamless communication sharing across all platforms
- Dedicated radio space for the University’s WLUW-FM radio station and any guest hosts
- An authentic news desk and green screen for anchors- and reporters-in-training
- Seven mounted LCD televisions tuned to various news programming to monitor the latest local and national news
- Three Panasonic AG-HPX300 P2HD camcorders, along with an AG-BS300 studio camera adapter and an attached Autoscript ELP15-S teleprompter for each camera, make for a fully digitalized, high-definition studio-camera setup
- The ability to host remote interviews for local and national media outlets both on-camera and via V-Brick network video setup or Skype video phone
- Outdoor speakers so that passersby can enjoy any news programming or radio production occurring in the studio
Note: Studio photography and tours are available upon request.
About the School of Communication
Located in Chicago, one of the world’s great communication centers, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication provides an ideal setting for integrating study with practical application in the expanding field of communication. Students benefit from a distinguished scholarly faculty and working with experienced communication professionals in journalism, media studies, documentary film production, cultural communication, and public advocacy. The school offers a new on-site convergence studio, close proximity to Chicago’s vast production community; WLUW-FM, a 24-hour FM radio station; an award-winning student newspaper; the City News Bureau program, and an extensive internship program.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in its 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.