The college's new Spartan Newsroom and Immersive Media Studio invite students to collaborate, gain real-life experiences and build professional skills. The expansive learning spaces sit in the middle of the first floor of the ComArtSci building. Students and faculty are free to move seamlessly from one area to the next when producing or creating content, or when working on collaborative media projects. In addition to applying their skills in news, animation and motion capture arenas, students and faculty can design and produce virtual reality broadcasts and 360 animation renderings for immersive storytelling. The newsroom and studio open up possibilities for cross-campus collaborations in almost any area, including those underway in athletics, health and medicine and theatre.
Dr. Lucinda D. Davenport is Director and Professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University.Dr. Davenport has worked as a reporter in newspapers, a news director and announcer in radio and television, a public relations practitioner in national retailing and a forum administrator in early online media. She has also held professional fellowships, such as being an online editor while in the academy.