Marie Liz Flavin | news editor
September 23, 2021
Light, camera, action. The new dissemination center located on the third floor of the Union is nearing completion and ready for use by students interested in learning more about media technologies, how to become content creators, and students looking to promote different organizations on the web. campus.
The new broadcast center, when completed, will look like a national news or sports broadcasting facility, capable of producing professional shows, podcasts, live broadcasts and pre-recorded content, according to Donald Maue, director of the Center. of Emerging and Innovative Media.
“The idea of the dissemination center has been a dream of President Gormley, our Dean Kris Blair and President Jim Vota for a long time. I am grateful that President Gormley is committed to our program, its quality and national visibility, ”said Maue.
Renovation plans began in 2019 for the College Hall TV studio and radio station to bring them up to world-class standards, where later the plan to build a brand new studio emerged. The renovations to the new facility will be completed in October.
The studio is divided into two rooms, the control room and the main room. The control room is located behind the main room and is packed with state-of-the-art equipment including a Tricaster, soundboard, 4k monitors, remote cameras, and desktop monitors for editing.
The main room will have a glass exterior and will house a journalist’s desk, multiple monitors, teleprompts, space for guest speakers and interviewees, and two ceiling mounted cameras that will be automated by the control room.
Joseph Phillippi, engineering studio head student for Duquesne Student Television (DSTV) and Duquesne Student Radio (DSR), is excited about the types of technology that will be included in the broadcast hub.
“It’s completely state of the art, some of the most advanced technology in the world that you can get right now. We have a tricaster, but what’s amazing about this one is that we’re one of the few in the world that has access to a tricaster like this, ”Phillippi said.
Only a few TV channels and sports stadiums have access to this specific model, according to Phillippi.
The Tricaster is a television studio in a computer designed and built by Newtek. It contains various controls that help operate the technology in the studio with the push of a button.
The studio is intended to mimic the professional studios that students will use in the real world.
Another interesting feature, the center will be fully Zoom compatible. Students can make a call halfway around the world and pass it straight to the studio with no post-production required.
One of the aspirations of the broadcast studio is for students from all clubs on campus to be interviewed and talk about their club. This studio was designed not only for the purpose of delivering important messages such as a statement from the president, but it also allows students to share their interests and experiences with each other.
Maue and Phillippi eventually hope to implement a segment where once a month students from an organization on campus share their experiences and talk about what they’re a part of. Students will be able to register when they want to appear in the studio.
Kyle Stiver, a sophomore music arts student, can’t wait to participate in the new dissemination center. He hopes to get involved and create his own radio show.
“I’m definitely going to get my hands on some projects involving behind-the-desk reporting and also be involved with radio this year. I hope I can interview amazing people and artists and get a feel for where I want to be as I work on my own career as an artist, ”Stiver said.
Students like Stiver will be able to pursue projects with the help of the studio. They will learn essential skills that are relevant in today’s industry.
Another way for students to get involved, Maue says, is the new content creation internship that focuses on students learning the setup, technology, and skills needed to tell a compelling story via digital media.
Students can always learn more by joining DSTV and DSR. Located at the bottom of College Hall on the first floor, students can tour the Duquesne Media Studio and Radio Studio where they can learn about the inner workings of media technology and apply it to the jobs that will be offered at the new center. broadcast.