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Olivet College establishes convergent media center
Nov 24, 2008

The Olivet College journalism/mass communication (JMC) program and student media groups recently established a convergent media center (CMC) on campus. The facility, which is located on the lower level of the Kirk Center, will allow student journalists from all media to share resources, space and ideas.

Major components of the CMC include:

  • A studio, green room, lobby, office and audio production room for WOCR-FM 89.7, the colleges radio station

  • An office with four computers, a graphic scanner, printer and digital cameras for The Echo, Olivets student newspaper, and The Garfield Lake Review, the colleges literary arts publication

  • A classroom with a Smart Board, three computers with digital video editing capability and digital video cameras, to be used for JMC classes, meetings and presentations

  • In addition, two commercial television stations have donated equipment for a video studio with three cameras and a tape-to-tape video editing suite.

    Humanities Department faculty worked with Olivet administration and staff to develop the CMC, which opened at the beginning of the fall semester. Olivet Colleges new convergent media center marks the realization of several years of planning to create a series of spaces where students interested in all media forms can work together and share ideas and resources, said Gary Smith, assistant professor of journalism/mass communication. The CMC offers students exciting new opportunities to develop and practice the skills they will need to succeed in a rapidly evolving media job market.

    For more information, call (269) 749-7693.


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