Sponsored by the Department of Communication, the Communication Leadership graduate program and The Daily; a new recording studio would be a beneficial and resourceful addition to the Communications Building. A sound-deadened room for smaller audio-recording and video projects is essential for building students’ portfolios and expanding their skillset beyond writing. The Public Speaking Center is also in need of an overflow space to serve the high-demand tutoring which records students and tutors them through public speaking, which would allow them to reach a broader population of the community.
This space allows students from all different groups to come together and work in a great studio space for video and audio recording. It will be setup for easy use so that students from any technical background can use the space. The proposal is jointly supported by the Daily, The Communication Leadership program, Native Voices, Journalism, and the Department of Communication. All these groups draw in students from all over campus and various degrees and they could work together and jointly use this resource.
This recording studio would be used for three main purposes: a drop-in place where equipment would be set up for students to use; as the only silent room for audio recording projects, and to meet the overwhelming demand of our more than 60 trained public speaking tutors.
This past year, international Communication students started the first Mandarin language radio station on campus with the help of Diana Kramer, Director at the Office of Student Publications. Kramer is a strong supporter of creating a new studio for students to work on similar projects.
“Each quarter more students are associating themselves with Student Publications as we now offer a wide range of print, audio, video and digital,” Kramer said. “Sometimes our students have trouble finding a quiet studio space in which to do their audio and video work, especially around certain deadlines. I view the proposed space as providing important capacity in two areas: for students who need quick access to a complete studio complete with lights and a teleprompter, without having to set up our equipment; and additional capacity on deadline.”
This would also work in conjunction with the existing public speaking center and tutors which have held over 4000 tutoring sessions for students across campus in the past couple years. This additional space would allow them to expand their services to meet student demand.
Benefits to Students and the University
Communication students have long asked for a space, close to our supportive faculty and staff, where they can to record video and audio for their new media courses. Journalism students in the past have produced radio clips, often working with Artist in Residence Joanne Silberner, a National Public Radio (NPR) veteran. Daniel Hart, co-Director of Native Voices, also said a mini-studio for narration and green screen production would help the hundreds of students from all over the university who seek-out the Native Voices program for support with their documentary and media research projects.
“The mini-studio will literally be the first place on campus where all students can conduct professional, and professionally silenced interviews, as well as a convenient location for simple green screen production,” Hart said. “The capacity is vital for modern humanities and social science research, as well as documentary production."
We would like to expand UW’s Public Speaking Center to the broader UW community, but the center is currently overbooked with high demand for their services. Senior Lecturer Matt McGarrity, who specializes in public speaking, is often asked to give workshops at science-based departments where faculty don’t have the training in public speaking that other areas of study do. McGarrity, whose highly-sought after Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) has reached more than 112,000 people around the globe, says that having the extra space to serve more students would be greatly beneficial to the entire community, especially during the middle of the quarter when many speech assignments are due.
“One of the great benefits of the Center is that students are able to receive a video of their tutoring session for analysis,” McGarrity said. “Being able to review a performance video is an important part of speech education. This new breakout room would provide some high quality equipment so that students could closely analyze their work.”
The Daily’s Double Shot would greatly benefit from a recording studio as they cover timely and impactful events like the Protest for Ferguson and political activity across campus. Student groups would use the space for promotional projects and students can create projects to add to their portfolios, aiding in the job search beyond college.
This space is necessary beyond UWTV because UWTV is too big and complicated for beginners to understand. The new recording studio would be simple with a base-setup for students to use for smaller projects. Artist in Residence Jessica Partnow says her students struggle to find a quiet space to record interviews and voiceovers every quarter. There isn't a good combined video and audio space for students to use on campus.
“As an instructor, I challenge my students to produce top-quality work, and my goal is to help them feel completely ready to enter the fast-changing professional world of media production by the time they graduate from our program,” Partnow said. “In our field, new journalism graduates are generally expected to be prepared to produce journalism in just about any medium -- print, audio, video, web and more -- and in order to build their confidence, experience, and skill, they need access to professional-level equipment and studio space while they are still students.”
Student Publications is looking forward to the collaboration with the Communication Department with regards to the proposed new studio and equipment. Within Student Publications are more students who are doing more complicated projects involving audio and video. Having access to a designated video studio will help save the students time and effort. We're envisioning a studio that can be accessed easily by students.
Each quarter more students are associating themselves with Student Publications as we now offer a wide range of print, audio, video and digital. Sometimes our students have trouble finding a quiet studio space in which to do their audio and video work, especially around certain deadlines. I view the proposed space as providing important capacity in two areas: for students who need quick access to a complete studio complete with lights and a teleprompter, without having to set up our equipment; and additional capacity on deadline.
Director/Office of Student Publications
I am writing this in support of the Dept. of Communication's grant request for new editing computers, and a mini-studio for narration and green screen production.
The facilities in Com are critical to the research and media work of Native Voices graduate and undergraduate students, as well as the many students from other departments and disciplines. Each year we work with hundreds of students from all over the university and support their documentary and media research projects. They take our courses, are doing media in other department's courses, or work with us through independent study courses, and without the open access that the Dept. of Communication offers, we could not provide the kind of support that we do.
The mini-studio will literally be the first place on campus where all students can conduct professional, and professionally silenced interviews, as well as a convenient location for simple green screen production. This capacity is vital for modern humanities and social science research, as well as documentary production.
Daniel Hart, co-Director, Native Voices
A decade ago, student fluency with communication technology was a bonus for their development as citizens and professionals. Today, it is a necessity. Many of our courses and student internships have partnerships with professional news and communication organizations, and these outlets expect excellence. The result is that for coursework and individual projects, students need to be able to produce work employing superb video and audio. To achieve this, students need access to a recording studio and a state-of-the-art computer lab, in which to conduct professional-quality interviews, to create and practice and record speeches and presentations, and to produce sophisticated media content in a large range of technological formats. Without these opportunities, our students are not being prepared for the 21st century.
David Domke, Chair Department of Communication
UW’s Public Speaking Center provides hundreds of one-on-one tutoring sessions to undergraduates each quarter. In addition to providing a service to student speakers, the undergraduate tutors gain communication consulting experience. Over 60 undergraduates have been trained now as tutors, some who go on to professional speaking or speechwriting careers. The Center suffers from its success; we don’t have enough space to meet demand.
Having an additional room in the speaking center would allow us to better navigate our heavy weeks in the middle of the quarter (when students tend to have speech assignments for classes due). Currently, we must turn students away. One of the great benefits of the Center is that students are able to receive a video of their tutoring center for analysis. Being able to review a performance video is an important part of speech education. This new breakout room would provide some high quality equipment so that students could closely analyze their work.
Matt McGarrity, Senior Lecturer
The value of a sound-proof video and audio recording studio for our students is huge. Almost every quarter, I have students who struggle to find a quiet space to record interviews or voiceover. As an instructor, I challenge my students to produce top-quality work, and my goal is to help them feel completely ready to enter the fast-changing professional world of media production by the time they graduate from our program. In our field, new journalism graduates are generally expected to be prepared to produce journalism in just about any medium -- print, audio, video, web and more -- and in order to build their confidence, experience, and skill, they need access to professional-level equipment and studio space while they are still students. This new space will be a huge support to students in their class work, in production for campus publications such as The Daily, in their freelance assignments, and in their future careers.
Jessica Partnow, Artist in Residence & Journalism Co-Coordinator
Applying the Tech Fee to this Comm Department studio project is crucial to our content creation and distribution needs. Expectations around high production standards continue to increase as online media replaces television: giving our students, staff and faculty the tools necessary to communication through this enhanced multimedia content will only expand the reach of our work.
Hanson Hosein, Communication Leadership Director
Resources Provided by Department
The Department of Communication would provide the space, power, networking, and sound deadening of the physical space. They would add this space to their online calendar where students can reserve the space by logging in with their netid. The Department has two staff to help students on video and audio projects, many faculty who mentor students in radio, video, and journalism, and public speaking tutoring for students across campus.
Access Restrictions (if any)
The comm. Department absolutely needs something like this! Contemporary journalism relies on technology, equipment and software. This would make our quality of education substantially better.
Video-editing and sound booth would be great simply because it’s just one of those things that really helps journalists if they have it under their belt especially in multi-media today. This could really give us a step-up above other people when applying for a job and would just be a great experience.
An acoustic area to be used as a narration room. Silent space is hard to come by. It would help with the class’s ability to create our visual projects to the fullest extent, and show talent and workmanship to the fullest extent, without software or hardware limitations holding us back.
An audio booth/recording space to record voiceovers for audio/video projects. Journalism is practice mostly learned through experience. In order to survive in a competitive market, we need the skills. By having these equipment and software, students have the opportunity to practice skills without compromising their financial resources too much.
A recording studio is a phenomenal way to produce different types of media content. It would absolutely beneficial for students to get the experience of having a place to create audio series and collaborative work with publications such as the Seattle Globalist. I would love to see a recording studio in the department!
Video editing booth It would help the class to create engaging interesting content for an online audience. The equipment would be extremely helpful because it would give student journalists access to equipment that the newsrooms of the 21st century will require. Having such expertise is also a great way for students to gain experience and get hired in the media industry.
If we want to create a multimedia project, this would be very beneficial and would make our work more professional looking. I’m interesting learning more about video editing. This would be a huge help!
Audio recording station – would help expand the audio and radio side of the journalism department
Video editing software. This would help with accessibility and would greatly enhance the journalism department.
Equipment for audio/video recording – it would really help journalists prepare for current-day training. This would greatly help!
We need some software to help us producing journalistic writing and also some audio equipment as well. They will help us to learn better. It would help us to efficiently producing journalistic writing/news.
Man Fei (Amka), Tse
Audio and video equipment (as well as editing equipment) would be helpful for those more interesting in broadcast journalism.
Audio booth – would be helpful to do audio in. The journalism program at UW is amazing and this would help students have more resources as they study journalism.
We need a Soundproof recording space and microphone and editing software. This way when we work on audio recording we will have state of the art equipment.
Soundproof recording studio provides a reliable space to go to if we need to do interviews / audio work. It’s often hard to find places where it’s really quiet for when we are interviewing.
Grace Gege Xu Hau Qian
Sound- proof recording studios would be great. Recording sound at home is hard and never sounds good. The above tools and software would help students with school work and lesser the financial burden. Editing software is expensive and no college student has money for that.
It will be great to have video editing or audio recording equipment They are expensive to get and it will be very useful when writing story. To produce a good news story, a good software and equipment is required.
Ming Wai Wong (Katy)
Sound proof room, recording studio. They would absolutely be used to improve student workspace.
Soundproof rooms or individuals spaces for interviewing video and audio recording capabilities. This would provide an on-campus sit for journalism students to have phone interviews, audio or video interviews. Any new equipment/software would be critical for the journalism program. Students will be able to conduct better interviews and write better stories, given they’re provided with better equipment. Soundproof rooms would allow for more opportunities for students to write and interview more efficiently.
Soundproof room. Soundproof recording would really help excel the journalistic audio center created by us students, helping us create stronger material and enhance our portfolios and skills.
-Quiet Study space – some libraries are extremely crowded and as a result pretty noisy. Journalism students need peace and quiet!
- Accessibility/Comfort @ Comm Buidling – writing takes all hours of the day, students need their own space like other students
-Journalism majors need enough time, space, and the quiet to effectively work in an environment best suited for the Comm Building needs to have that.
Writing skills are no longer enough to get a job in journalism so they development of multimedia skills are necessary for the future. Establishing those skills and learning how to use the software is an opportunity UW Students should have.
Thuc Nhi Nguyen
That updates in software and equipment would be immensely helpful to better produce our work and to have greater equipment compatibly. As well as facilitating the process of research and production.
Useful would be acoustically soundproof room, for a university that is ranked in the top 15% in the nation, also the home of some of the most influential technological companies, it’s almost unreasonable to believe that this school is not provided/providing the best equipment possible. There are / will be amazing film makers, artists, creators and documentarian filmers to come through this institution. They/We should be provided with the best possible equipment available.
Getting new equipment can be very helpful for this department. Because the newer the equipment is the better the quality will be when editing it. The equipment/software would be helpful for us.
Sound studio/voice over would be helpful.
Austin Q. Williams
The use of a microphone/voiceover booth would be valuable for video and audio stories to sound more clear and professional.
An audio recording equipment/studio. With new equipment the journalism students can expend their skills and become more versatile for when they enter the real world.
Audio recording equipment studio. As journalism majors, we’re asked and taught to do a bit of everything – not just writing, but putting together audio and video pieces as well. To make the most professional pieces as possible, the best equipment is crucial.
Sound booth for audio voice overs. It’s hard to find a good place to record voice in this building. Everyone should have access to creative suite, since it’s used in most professional setting. WSU has one…
We need Video edited software and Audio-making studio.
An audio studio. A place for students both experienced and not to work on audio projects. As a student trying to learn new mediums (e.g. photography and audio), I would value a place to learn, experiment and work. As of right now I practice exclusively in my shared apartment.
Sound booth, material. The opportunities to produce audio here at UW or take broadcasting classes are already super limited.
Photoshoot equipment, lighting equipment, bigger backdrop, etc. Such equipment could vastly help The Globalist and The Daily’s ability to produce sophisticated art.
Jeungkepul Joseph Park
Voice studio and video editing software would be helpful.
The software would be helpful for me in particular because I want to be a TV reporter which means I need to learn to shoot and edit my own stories. Having the equipment they use in TV news stations to work with and experiment with will prepare me for my TV journalism career after school.
More space to interview in person or over the phone. If we could get items to soundproof an area of designation for students to work quietly or conduct interviews, that would be beneficial. he ability to have a space where students can work quietly and on audio or interviews would be crucial to developing more talent and interest in our major.
A studio for recording is needed because there is a lack of indoor spaces for students to record their videos and audio. Having a studio would help students to learn better because they would be able to gain first hand experiences through working on projects and get a chance to use professional equipment. It is difficult for a student like me to afford renting a studio to work on projects, so most of the time I'm limited. It would be very encouraging and feeling supported if there are resources provided by the school.
Hei Ching Poon
Professional quality and features hidden behind an easy-to-use interface.
Canon XA10 HD with cables from BH an educational vendor, tax included
Camera stand so room is setup for ease of use for students.Justification
Camera mount and stand from BH educational vendor
Microphone for cameras, for easy use.Justification
Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone and XLR cable from BH an educational vendor with tax.
Part for mounting additional camera to stand.
Manfrotto Camera mount from BH an educational vendor with tax.
Allows for mounting addditonal camera or harware to stand in another configuration
Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm from BH an educational vendor with tax
Needed for Adjustable Arm
Manfrotto Super clamp from BH an educational vendor with tax
Control for all audio and video in room. Supports green screen, live streaming, graphics overlay. Can be setup for easy use of all the equipment in the room.
Edirol / Roland VR-50HD AV Mixer with HDMI Converter and cables from BH an educational vendor with tax
Used to produce media from video and audio recordings that students can easily transfer. Digital storage for video. Records from multiple inputs at once in HD
ViewZ HD-SDI Real-Time DVR and cable to connect to mixer from BH an educational vendor with tax
Light kit to help produce good lighting for videos.Justification
Arri Softbank IV Plus 5 Light Kit from BH an educational vendor with tax
Switch to control intensity of lightsJustification
American DJ Controller & Dimmer System from BH an educational vendor with tax
Mount for lighting to move lights and have them in a permanent setup for ease of use.Justification
Manfrotto Wall Mounting Boom Arm and Manfrotto 098SHB Short Wall Boom from BH an educational vendor
Green screen requested by many for videosJustification
Background roll mount, screen, and tubes from BH an educational vendor with tax
Voiceover microphone for top quality audio editing for radio stations and podcasts.Justification
Rode Voice-Over Microphone Kit with cables from BH an educational vendor with tax
Adjusts audio settings for cleaner audioJustification
ART Digital MPA II - Microphone Preamplifier and cables from BH an educational vendor
Adjustable arm for microphone
O.C. White Deluxe Two-Joint Microphone Arm and O.C. White Heavy Duty Wall Mount Base from BH an educational vendor with tax
For closeup Microphone workJustification
Sennheiser Wireless Microphone System and XLR Cable from BH Photovideo with tax
Mounts securely to camera, supports user-owned devices, as well.
Datavideo TP-300B Prompter Kit from BH and educational vendor with tax
Inexpensive, good quality tablet for use in teleprompter
ASUS MeMO Pad 7" from BH an educational vendor with tax
Speakers for audio playback for group collaboration
Speakers mount and wire from BH an educational vendor with tax
Headphones for monitoring audio levelsJustification
Sony MDR-7506 Monitor Headphones and cable for mixer with tax
Sound deadening foam for reducing echoes and background noise
Auralex D36 Roominators Kit and extra wedges from BH an educational vendor with tax
Total requested: $29,249.04
Total funded: $29,249.04
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