Technology Requirements for Journalism major
For students admitted for Spring 2016 and beyond
FOR SEMESTER ONE, Laptop Specs:
An Apple laptop with the capability to run the latest versions of Microsoft’s Office and Adobe’s Creative Cloud is strongly recommended for all Department of Journalism students. Those who intend to pursue video or photo-heavy programs are encouraged to acquire a laptop equipped to handle large video and photo projects (we recommend having 16 GB of RAM and at least 256 GB of storage, more is better). The MacBook Pro computers will tend to have better processors and much more robust graphics capabilities which will significantly improve rendering times with video and photo projects. A Windows-based laptop is acceptable so long as it is able to run the same software, but students should know faculty will be teaching to the Apple platform and may not be able to answer some questions. Some course-specific applications may have limited capability on a Windows computer.
FOR SEMESTER TWO AND BEYOND, Still Camera Specs:
Students in the Department of Journalism will need access to a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and interchangeable lens with the following specifications:
– Sensor resolution: 12 megapixel minium
– Sensor size: APS-C or full frame
– Controls: full manual control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus and white balance
– File format: JPG
– Media: SD card
– Viewfinder: Optical
– Lens: 3x normal zoom (approximately 18 mm to 55 mm for an APS-C sensor; 24-75 for a full frame sensor)
Current camera recommendation: Canon T6 with 18-55 mm lens if you are only taking the Intro to Photojournalism course. If you are also taking the Intro to Video Journalism course, the recommendation is for the Canon T6i with 18-55 mm lens and the accessories noted below. (Note that the “i” designates certain video-specific features on Canon’s DSLR cameras that are required for use in the video classes.)
Note: The department grants access to a pool of Canon lenses and accessories for students enrolled in the upper level photojournalism courses. It would be advantageous to select a Canon DSLR to have access to that equipment. Students who plan to pursue the advanced photojournalism courses are encouraged to consult with Mark E. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR SEMESTER TWO AND BEYOND, Video Camera Specs:
Students in the Department of Journalism will need access to a compact video camera with the following specifications and accessories:
– Recording format: MP4
– Audio: Mic input, headphone output
– Media: SD card
– Lavalier microphone
– Basic tripod
– Small LED light
Current camera recommendation: Canon HF R800 if you are only taking the Intro to Video Journalism course. If you are also taking the Intro to Photojournalism course, see recommendation above. You will still need the listed accessories.
NOTE: Students who have a significant financial need may request assistance from the Journalism Department.