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. Before that, she was the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research. Dr. Davenport has worked in many different areas of journalism and communication in the industry, from all types of reporting to doing public relations to being a digital media pioneer. The objective of her research is to have significance and impact that benefit individuals and society in general. Her areas of focus are innovative media technologies, ethics and history, among others.
Stacey Fox is Wizard-in-Residence in the School of Journalism where she directs the Animation & Comics Storytelling in Media Minor , Storytelling Toolkits Online, Motion Capture and Immersive Journalism Initiative and is affiliated with the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.