Facilities and Equipment
The Department of Communications houses several media production facilities for television and video, audio and radio, visual, and new media and digital production. The facilities are highly integrated into the coursework of the Department's curriculum and the operation of student media outlets: ECTV 40, WWEC 88.3FM, The Etownian, WeTown.org, and The Conestoga Yearbook.
Mobile Production Studio
Television and Video
ECTV 40 (Channel 40 on local Comcast cable) is housed in the Department's classic three-camera, live television studio soundstage. Professional cameras, wireless and wired microphones, teleprompter, and controlled lighting makes everyone look good sitting at the professional news desk, in front of the "green screen," or against the backdrop of the studio's other sets.
The Department's four nonlinear post-production studios each house dual-screen Apple Mac Pro computers running Apple Final Cut Pro and MiniDV decks allowing students the freedom to see their ideas through from conception to completion when working on professional-level documentary, news pieces, video shorts, and promotional videos.
Radio and Audio
WWEC 88.3FM broadcast studio centers upon a digital mixer and a computer running disc jockey and automation software. Student DJs reach the campus community via professional microphones, record shows directly to compact disc, and interact with listeners and guests by way of a "social networking" computer, "request line" phone, and an adjacent guest studio. The day-to-day operations of WWEC, an FCC-licensed radio station, is conducted by a student operations team and volunteer DJs and overseen by the Department of Communications.
The Department's multi-track recording studio is a three-room isolated (soundproofed) production facility. From the main recording room, eight channels of audio and four monitor mixes are fed to a multi-track recorder and editing computer. A collection of microphones, signal processing equipment, and various formats of media allow students the opportunity to produce professional-level audio and sound production.
Visual Communications and Photography
The Department's graphics laboratory and darkroom give students the experience of professional photography production. Housing both a traditional "wet" darkroom and a more modern digital photographic manipulation facility, students are able to shoot and produce photography either from black and white 35 mm film cameras or full-color digital cameras. The graphics laboratory also houses large format printers, equipment for mounting and framing photographs, scanners, and state-of-the-art digital photographic manipulation hardware and software.
Computers and Digital Production
The Department of Communications contains one of the only Apple-equipped computer laboratories on campus. The "Mac Lab" contains eighteen Mac Pro computers, various media format "card readers," flatbed and film scanners, and "smart classroom" technology.
Lounges and Collections
The Department's student lounge is a well-equipped multimedia theater featuring a large flat-screen television, DVD player, computer interface, theatrical and studio lighting, and comfortable theater-style seating.
The Department of Communications' equipment collection (affectionately referred to as the "SLA" after the Student Lab Assistants (or SLAs) who staff the room) contains a wealth of technology available for Communications students to borrow for use in their course production assignments. The equipment includes MiniDV video cameras, digital SLR still cameras, microphones, headphones, and related media production gear.