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 Español 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 – which saw the overhaul of the main studio room as well as the control room – 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.
“This is a completely different newscast than before,” said Associate Professor Andrew Clark, head of the broadcast program.
With upgrades and new equipment, students can control a state-of –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.
“Now, students can master each of the steps and have a better idea of what TV production is all about,” said Lecturer Julian Rodriguez.
Clark said he’s been impressed at how quickly students are gaining experience and knowledge beyond the simple know-how of the production gear.
“It’s the intangible things that are coming through,” he said. “Yes, they’re learning how to use the equipment, but they’re also learning how to work as a team, accept responsibility and offer accountability. It was hard to do that before.”
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.
“This brings our department up to the current broadcast standard,” he said. “Students 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 what’s out there in small and medium markets. The larger markets have more automation, so we’re working towards that goal.”