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School of Mass Communication

Our Facilities

University TV

University Television is an Educational Access Channel airing on Comcast Cable Channel 61 and U-Verse Channel 99.
Our goals are to provide interesting and informative programming that serves the public interest as well as providing our students with an opportunity to gain experience in television production.

University Television airs a variety of programming, including nationally renowned speakers from the campus community and the Clinton School of Public Service Speakers Series.
Original programming spans a wide spectrum of subjects, including Home Fry-ed Movies, where once a month host Ben Fry serves up an interesting perspective of some of the movies we show at the Home Fry-ed Diner; The Bowen Connection, where faculty from the Bowen Law School discuss contemporary legal issues; and Inside Art, where we explore the work of local artists with host gallery director Brad Cushman.

University Television also records and presents campus concerts, theatrical performances, and guest interviews.

Students in the School of Mass Communication are encouraged to produce programming for University Television as part of their coursework as well as to work directly with the channel in remote and studio productions. Current student productions include The Seventh Floor, a weekly student magazine show.

For information about University Television contact Director Cheryl A. Hellmann cahellmann@ualr.edu. Programming schedules can be found at ualr.edu/tv

The Rock Reporter.com

TheRockReporter.com is an online School of Mass Communication creativity space. Designed and run by students in the SMC, the site gives students the opportunity to produce original content, do content aggregation, and apply the technical skills they learn in the classroom.

Labs

The School has:

  • Non-linear digital video editing and media production labs with Macs and PCs equipped with Final Cut Pro HD, Adobe Creative Suite, and Screenwriting software.
  • The John Gray Computer Laboratory has been upgraded with Macs, Devinci Resolve and Adobe editing software.
  • News lab is a 10-station computerized newsroom featuring EZNews software and the CNN
    Newsource video news service for producing regularly scheduled television newscasts.
  • A 15-station MAC lab used primarily for writing and design classes.
  • Two audio labs digitally equipped with Sound Forge editing software.

Equipment

Students have plenty of access to up-to-date equipment, including:

  • A three-camera studio with digital effects and chroma key green screen.
  • ENG cameras for broadcast news
  • Digital DSLRs for print journalism
  • and Black Magic Cinema cameras for the Motion Picture option.

The School of Mass Communication has a hands-on approach to teaching and learning. We strive to give students the best equipment on which to learn. Early in the program, students get their hands on equipment as professors train them in how to produce professional products.

Updated 1.17.2014