New York University enlarges Department of Journalism with new facilities

New York University had been planning to relocate and enlarge its Department of Journalism — now found at 20 Cooper Square, New York City — for several years. The Systems Group was contracted to consult on and then integrate the technology used within the new facility.
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Submitted by The Systems Group Design Team New York University: Kenny Lee, proj. mgr.; Lisa Huntington, dir. of space planning and mgmt.; Brooke Kroeger, dept. chair; Marcia Rock, dir. of news and documentary; Adrian Mihai, broadcast ops. mgr.; Mike Napolitano, IT administrator
The Systems Group: Joe DiFrisco, proj. mgr.; John Zulick, proj. eng.; Juergen Kircher, installation supervisor; Anton Mittag, test eng. Technology at work Audioarts D-75 radio
console
Avid
Airspeed servers
Media Composer
editing system
Newscutter editing
system
Unity ISIS media
storage system
Chyron Duet Micro-X CG
Harris Leitch
Integrator router
Modular products
Hitachi cameras
Ross Synergy production switcher
RTS/Telex
Cronus intercom
matrix
BTR-800 wireless PL

New York University enlarges Department of Journalism with new facilities

New York University had been planning to relocate and enlarge its Department of Journalism — now found at 20 Cooper Square, New York City — for several years. The Systems Group was contracted to consult on and then integrate the technology used within the new facility. The 1500sq-ft television studio was designed for typical production, such as recorded newscast and talk shows. It is outfitted with three Hitachi cameras for normal production along with a single Sony robotic camera for smaller events. The studio also holds a Digital Displays iVision HD projector teamed with a 10ft retractable screen to be used for presentations and screenings.

A production control room provides the basic needs for news production. Along the front console, the students sit as director, assistant director, technical director and audio operator. This console houses the Comrex phone hybrid control, the Sony robotic remote control, Ross Synergy switcher control surface and a legacy Mackie audio console with its accompanying compressors and equalizers. Seated at the rear console are the student positions for producer; graphics operator, who controls the Chyron Duet Micro-X CG; and media operator, who has access to the Avid Airspeed servers for record and playback. The rear console also seats the technical manager, who is a faculty member and the instructor of the class. Through a KVM system, he or she has the ability at this position to look at any of the configurations and production computer systems. This person also oversees camera shading and quality control through a Videotek rasterizer.

The radio studio has one main operating position with an Audioarts D-75 radio mixing board and supporting audio equipment. Alongside the main operator are three guest positions. Simulated radio newscast and talk shows are viewed from the newsroom’s adjoining window. The projector within the newsroom can display a POV camera above the Audioarts console to allow the main class body to view operations while receiving instructions. The newsroom also acts as an extension of the radio studio with the addition of a broadcast service panel. This allows additional mics and audio feeds into the audio mixer for larger class participation.

The plant contains multiple editing workstations in an open plan, so that students with print, online or broadcast interests can use them interchangeably for multimedia projects as well. These workstations, consisting of Avid Newscutters, fill a large open commons area as well as project areas. The workstations allow access to actual up-to-date news stories through ENPS and Pathfire joined to an Avid ISIS media storage systems. The ISIS is managed by NYU’s faculty assigning students the needed storage for their individual projects.