The Department of Communication's newly renovated broadcast studio not only provides students the use of state-of-the-art equipment, it allows more students to contribute to the department's weekly produced broadcasts.
The renovated space will be used to produce UTA News and UTA News en EspaÃ±ol broadcasts, along with other departmental projects.
Broadcast instructors, support staff and members of the Office of Facilities Management spent the summer redesigning, repainting and re-equipping the broadcast studio. Funds for the project â€“ which saw the overhaul of the main studio room as well as the control room â€“ were secured from the department, the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and the Office of the Provost. Cameras were upgraded to high definition, a new set was constructed with updated University logos, and the control room was rewired and expanded.
â€œThis is a completely different newscast than before,â€ said Associate Professor Andrew Clark, head of the broadcast program.
With upgrades and new equipment, students can control a state-of â€“the-art television studio switcher, high definition cameras, audio, graphics, recording and playback. Previously, many of these elements were limited to a single station and only allowed for one student at a time to work with these functions.
â€œNow, students can master each of the steps and have a better idea of what TV production is all about,â€ said Lecturer Julian Rodriguez.
Clark said heâ€™s been impressed at how quickly students are gaining experience and knowledge beyond the simple know-how of the production gear.
â€œItâ€™s the intangible things that are coming through,â€ he said. â€œYes, theyâ€™re learning how to use the equipment, but theyâ€™re also learning how to work as a team, accept responsibility and offer accountability. It was hard to do that before.â€
Rodriguez is excited to see how the new experience will impact students as the department continues to partner with the industry and UTA graduates enter the job market.
â€œThis brings our department up to the current broadcast standard,â€ he said. â€œStudents will be able to use technology that is being used in TV studios around the nation. The renovation and upgrade gives our students the opportunity to work with whatâ€™s out there in small and medium markets. The larger markets have more automation, so weâ€™re working towards that goal.â€