The broadcast studio has been newly upgraded. The 800 square-foot studio was built in 2006 and helps students involved in multiple classes including Multimedia Journalism, Audio Visual Production, and Digital Music. The studio is now equipped with state of the art equipment including two new 4K curved televisions for newscasts. Cameras in the studio include a 4K production camera and multiple controllable HD cameras.
With the increased use of the studio, Mr. David Kilkenney, instructor in music and broadcasting, ordered a new wired microphone system. The microphones can now be attached to news anchors during broadcasts for better sound. Not only are there new microphones, but there is also new wiring in the studio. Kilkenney said, “The studio has been completely rewired so it can be controlled 100% from inside the Digital Media Lab. That way, a class can be in the lab talking, and it won’t interrupt the work in the studio. This makes it optimal for teaching.”
Teachers and students can utilize a new multi-camera production system called NewTek Tricaster. The NewTek Tricaster is designed to encourage live broadcasts. This new technology is not only used by professionals, but gives students more opportunities in the studio. Mr. Kilkenney said, “I am very excited to see what types of creativity will come out of the room.” In past semesters, Kilkenney’s Digital Music students have used the studio and green screen to produce original music videos.
Last semester, Multimedia Journalism produced a few news broadcasts including one celebrating the Girls Soccer Division III State Championship. Ben Horrigan (`17) co-anchored the video and said, “I enjoyed every minute of it. Learning in the studio helped me become a better journalist.” Students currently taking Multimedia Journalism are excited with the new upgrades. Gracie Bujoll (`19), said, “These improvements will take journalism and broadcasting to the next level.” Allie Mikolanis (`19) said, “These upgrades will allow us to communicate better and further relate to the Gilmour Community through The Lance.”
Audio Visual Production (AVP) also offers students multiple filming opportunities. Students have produced projects such as “My AVP Adventure” which is a creative exploration of digital storytelling. Kilkenney anticipates that the fully functional studio will increase video possibilities for students.
All students are encouraged to use the broadcast studio. Mr. John Overman, Instructor in English and Multimedia Journalism, said, “With teamwork, everything is possible.”