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Date: Nov 29, 2007
Hofstra's School of Communication Expands its Cutting Edge Facilities with NewsHub
State of the Art Converged Newsroom and Multimedia Classroom OpensHofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Hofstra’s School of Communication will expand its state of the art facilities with the unveiling of NewsHub, a cutting edge converged newsroom and multimedia classroom on Monday, December 3, 2007 at 7 p.m. in Dempster Hall. The ribbon cutting ceremony will feature guest speaker Carol Jenkins, Emmy award winning former television anchor/correspondent and currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Media Center.
“The opening of NewsHub creates an information-intensive media workspace for our future communicators,” said Dean of the School of Communication Sybil DelGaudio. “NewsHub will train the students to create and manage the ever-increasing flow of information through continually changing content streams.”
NewsHub includes both PC and Mac computers equipped with Avid non-linear digital editing software, i-News and News Cutter and the latest and most useful information management and handling tools. Large plasma screens provide displays of resource material, while cross-media news and information coordination systems will help manage content. The facility is also outfitted with high-speed networking capabilities and appropriate software while mobile cameras maintain contact among student reporters and the room’s digital infrastructure.
NewsHub adds to the already existent media convergence tools in The School of Communication, which fully acknowledges the importance of convergence in creating opportunities for students and their future careers. The school’s community journalism project, Nassau News, has begun an online entity using text as well as graphics, audio and video files to cover news stories, adding to the student’s expanding knowledge of media convergence.
“The creation of NewsHub is a critical step forward that will allow our graduate and undergraduate communication students to explore the potential for the cross-fertilization of disciplines once considered separate,” said Dean DelGaudio. “This facility allows students to engage in cross-media activities within one space or to create a story using diverse source material from different media.”
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students can choose from more than 140 undergraduate and 155 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied human services, and honors studies, as well as a School of Law. With a student-faculty ratio of 14-to-1, our professors teach small classes averaging 23 students that emphasize interaction, critical thinking and analysis. Hofstra offers a faculty whose highest priority is teaching excellence, cutting edge technology, extensive library resources, internships and special educational programs that appeal to their interests and abilities. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for a successful future.
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