The new building facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration with a focus on taking students out of the typical “classroom environment,” allowing various departments to work with each other i.e. journalism students working on joint projects with media studies students.
The highlight of the new facility is the Collaborative Media room which is designed as a working newsroom incorporating an editing rim, an assignment desk, and meeting room, which are all electronically linked to broadcast journalism classrooms, editing suites, and studios. Technology systems also incorporate cable TV distribution and AP newswire network to display panels located above workstations so students can follow stories in real-time.
In the visitor center, executive education conference rooms, and classrooms we recommended equipment that allows for presentation of audio/video media and speech reinforcement, designed for multi-purpose use. In the interview/research room we added additional recording and reviewing capabilities, and in the divisible media work area we ensured all equipment could be used separately or in combination. Video displays were provided in a number of public locations for display of information and other media.