Journalism Equipment Guide

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Don’t forget that if you are using your smartphone to document video, that you need to have the mount that allows you to attach your smartphone to a tripod. Students in RW2, Digital Storytelling 1 and 2 and Smartphone Video who use a mobile device are required to have this.

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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM

(Photojournalism students should see the section below that specifically lists their required equipment)

All journalism students must purchase a 1T (minimum) external hard drive. Students may not store any projects or files on department computers. A hard drive is required for bboth Digital Storytelling or Visual Communication. The drive can be purchased at a discounted price with your Campus Card in Columbia’s Computer Store on the 1st Floor (entrance on Wabash) of 33 E. Congress Parkway.

Hard drive specs:

1T minimum

USB 3 and FireWire 800 ports

7200 RPM

Drives should be formatted MacOS Extended (Journaled) for use with department computers.

We strongly recommend that incoming undergraduate students purchase a DSLR camera for multimedia (photos and video). Although we allow students to use certain smartphones for multimedia, a DSLR is a better investment and will produce higher quality media. Students who invest in a DSLR will be more competitive for freelance and internships while studying at Columbia. Graduate students must purchase a DSLR.

LAPTOP COMPUTER

The Journalism Department has classrooms and labs equipped with the latest Apple computers and software. You are not required to have a personal computer, but it may make your life easier if you decide to work on your projects or assignments when our labs are not open. Having a laptop also will allow you to produce freelance journalism. For basic word processing and some limited multimedia, you can use either a PC or Mac, although most journalists in the field use Mac computers, particularly to produce multimedia. For students interested in broadcast or digital journalism, we recommend the AppleMacBook Pro. While more expensive, Mac laptops are sold with the basic software and tools needed to edit photos and create video projects. We recommend the MacBook Pro over the Air because it’s a better computer for the value, with a larger hard drive, a faster processor and more data ports. The Air is a streamlined version of the Pro. But it’s not the computer for a student journalist to grow into as a professional. In other words, it is too streamlined for journalistic work. The Pro has the features that a journalist needs, particularly when it comes to multimedia. We recommend the 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook Pro for these reasons.

APPROVED SMARTPHONES FOR MULTIMEDIA:
iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6 or 6 Plus
iPod Touch 5 or higher
Samsung Galaxy S4 or higher
Nexus 5 or higher
LG G3 or higher

HTC One M8If you plan to use your smartphone for multimedia, you will need to purchase a mount to attach the phone to a tripod. Please make sure the mount you buy fits your phone.If you do not plan to record separate audio with your Zoom when using your phone for video, you will need to attach a microphone to the phone. The phone itself does not record adequate quality audio for multimedia projects. You can use the H1 Zoom or attach a microphone to the smartphone. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MAY ONLY USE ONE OF THE PHONES LISTED ABOVE. IF YOUR SMARTPHONE IS NOT ON THIS LIST, YOU MUST PURCHASE THE iPOD TOUCH OR DSLR. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Prof. Elio Leturia, who teaches visual communication and digital storytelling, documents the 2015 commencement ceremony.

Prof. Elio Leturia, who teaches visual communication and digital storytelling, documents the 2015 commencement ceremony.

Equipment requirements by courses

REPORTING AND WRITING 1 (53-1015) and COLLEGE NEWSPAPER WORKSHOP (53-1015A)

H1 Zoom audio recorder AND accessory pack.

Stereo headphones (NOT earbuds)

REPORTING AND WRITING 2 (53-2020A)

Smartphone from approved list

OR

DSLR such as the Nikon D3300 or Canon Rebel T5i

AND

Tripod

Tripod mount (if using a smartphone)

DIGITAL STORYTELLING 1 (53-2230) and DIGITAL STORYTELLING 2

Smartphone from approved list

OR

DSLR such as the Nikon D3300 or Canon Rebel T5i

AND

Tripod

Tripod mount (if using a smartphone)

Lavalier microphonejournalism

Hard drive

VISUAL COMMUNICATION (53-2220)

Hard drive

SMARTPHONE VIDEO (53-1521)

Tripod

Tripod mount

Students in Digital Storytelling practice editing images in Photoshop.

Students in Reporting and Writing 2 practice editing images.

Multimedia PHOTOJOURNALISM Students

At least one professional-level SLR digital camera that also shoots HD video

Two lenses
One lens should have a 28mm or wider focal length with an f/2.8 or faster aperture. The second lens should be in the 135 to 200mm f/2.8 range. Zoom lenses are also acceptable if they meet the fixed aperture requirement of f/2.8.
H1 Zoom
Tripod
Hard drive

Journalism GRADUATE STUDENTS

DSLR such as the Nikon D3300 or Canon Rebel T5i

Tripod

H1 Zoom with accessory kit

Hard drive

lavalier microphone

 

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ONLINE TECHNOLOGY TRAINING

Columbia College Chicago provides free training through Lynda.com, which has more than 60,000 tutorials available for students to access for free. Video tutorials include Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, Final CutPro, Audacityand podcasting, iPhone and iPod Touch and WordPress. To access the site, go to oasis.colum.edu and log in with your Oasis ID and password. Click on the Training Tab and then on Lynda.com. For additional instruction, you might also search YouTube.com for tutorials.

PURCHASING

Students may use financial aid to purchase required or recommended equipment. Please make sure that you budget properly for it when applying for financial aid. Students may use their Campus Card to purchase or order equipment available at the Computer store, which sells discounted packages for all of our classes that require digital equipment.

SPECIAL PACKAGES AT COMPUTER STORE

For questions about any of the equipment on this guide, please contact Prof. Jackie Spinner at jspinner@colum.edu.