Facilities Reid Hall
Reid Hall, which houses the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, provides an environment that prepares students for becoming journalists in a multimedia world. The building was completely renovated in 2002 and its technology is updated regularly.
Reid Hall houses faculty offices and "smart" classrooms equipped with sophisticated touch-screen technology and projectors. Wireless internet is available on all three floors, allowing students to use mobile technology throughout the building.
The building's third floor is the hub of the department's news operations, featuring a 17-position Macintosh lab, a 12-seat Windows-based newsroom, three dedicated high-end video edit bays, an audio booth and a television studio and a control room.
Reid Hall's technology is modeled after what students would typically encounter in a professional environment. Computer workstations in Reid Hall use the Adobe Creative Suite for audio editing, print, web, interactive, and mobile design work. Avid Media Computer handles both short, cuts-only video editing for news and documentary and longer- form visual storytelling. Apple's Final Cut Pro is also available.
Centralized storage of media files allows direct integration with iNews, the newsroom computer system, as well as the graphics and video playout servers. This creates a single unified live television production facility using industry standard file-based workflows.
In 2009, FX Group, one of the leading broadcast set design and fabrication companies, installed a new three-camera multi-purpose video production space in Reid Hall designed for high-definition broadcast. The studio features an interchangeable interview set and news desk, as well as a green screen for chroma key work.
The student-run control room is designed to simulate the real-world live news experience. It includes positions for a director, a producer, teleprompter, video playout, audio, remote camera operation and video switching. The department's weekly news operation, The Rockbridge Report, produces a 20- to 30-minute weekly live newscast. The broadcast Rockbridge Report supplements the news website.
Students have access to numerous Electronic News Gathering (ENG) kits for covering stories as part of their course work. At the core of these kits is the JVC GY-HM150U professional solid-state camcorder. Also included are wireless stick and lavalier microphones and a tripod. Students also have ready access to audio recorders and digital SLR cameras.