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Oct. 23: Media Lab dedication and ribbon cutting

Monday, October 23, 2017
Media Lab
Media Lab

FREDERICK, Maryland— A brand new television studio was dedicated at Hood College on Oct. 19.

The Hood College Television Studio will allow students to learn the techniques involved in shooting, editing and producing newscasts and other types of visual content. The studio expands the reach of the communication arts and integrated marketing communication programs. Students in both majors take introductory visual media production, which will introduce them to the workings of the studio. Students who take advanced visual media courses will learn to produce and direct newscasts and other types of visual content.

“We are excited about the way this studio enhances the education of our students and adds a new technological dimension to our programs,” said Donna Bertazzoni, director of Hood’s communication arts program and co-director of the integrated marketing communication major. “Our students will now receive hands-on instruction in the operation of a broadcast studio, and they can become comfortable with reading from a teleprompter and delivering information in a new medium. Students are looking forward to the various ways we will be able to incorporate the studio into our curriculum. Like the moot courtroom and the Virginia Munson Hammell ’67 Trading Room, this will become a signature feature of the College.”

The content for newcasts will be provided by students in reporting classes. Stories will include interviews with newsmakers and on-campus speakers, coverage of Hood’s NCAA Division III athletic teams, and highlights from other campus news, activities and social events. Students will be able to incorporate visual marketing and promotional materials into their portfolios as they apply for internships and for employment after graduation.

The studio is equipped with an anchor desk and green screen. Equipment includes three Blackmagic television cameras with attached teleprompters and a control room that features a state-of-the art Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro HD Live Production Switcher.

The studio was funded through a generous grant from Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. as well as contributions from communication arts alumni and faculty.

For more information, contact Donna Bertazzoni at