University of Miami Knight Center for International Media opens convergence lab



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Coral Gables, FL (Dec. 13, 2007) — The Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami School of Communication officially opened the doors of their Convergence Lab and Observational Research Suite during an evening reception and open house held on Dec. 12.  UM President Donna Shalala and School of Communication Dean, Sam L Grogg, welcomed guests for a preview of the lab and its many capabilities for learning and professional development.
“This new lab is yet another example of the forward momentum of the University of Miami, “said President Shalala, “. Wwe are most fortunate for our longstanding and growing collaboration with the Knight Foundation,” said President Shalala. .”  Dean Sam Grogg stated that “The Knight Center and this high tech facility are at the heart of the School of Communication and will give students, faculty and professionals a remarkable resource for their learning, teaching, professional and creative work.”
Guests toured the multi-station computer-based Convergence Lab which integrates video, photo, audio, online/new-media and text projects all in one space for student and faculty work.  The Knight Center’s state-of-the-art equipment gives students hands-on experience and allows for the opportunity to collaborate and author cutting edge multi-media projects.  The Lab also boasts an online digital studio with High Definition streaming capability and a green screen for compositing and other visual effect-based uses.  The lab/studio also allows for live internet discussions and lectures and is connected to the School’s up/down link digital broadcast capabilities.
“The UM Knight Center is dedicated to advancing new journalism practice across national borders to solve problems of global significance.  The lab serves both as an incubator for developing future journalism tools and techniques as well as a home for
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major anchor projects that involve broad global collaboration and impact. The Center’s anchor projects are informed by the United Nation’s Millennium development goals,” said Sanjeev Chatterjee, Executive Director, Knight Center for International Media and Vice Dean for the School of Communication.
Within the Knight Center space is an observational research suite equipped with remote control digital video and audio recording capability as well as computerized transcriptions for students and faculty to conduct focus groups, surveys and collaborative projects. 
“I think at this time of globalization, having a Center dedicated to understanding the world’s point of view, nothing can be a greater contribution to communicating and understanding,” said Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For more information about the Knight Center for International Media visit: http://knight.miami.edu.
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The Knight Center for International Media was established in February 2007 to address the assumption that the world will not solve its most difficult problems unless its people learn to communicate more easily across national borders. The Center is made possible by a major grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Journalism Initiatives and builds upon the University of Miami’s long-standing relationship with the Foundation.
The University of Miami School of Communication seeks to prepare ethical and responsible communication professionals for success in a global society.  The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, visual journalism, communication studies and motion pictures, with a total current enrollment of approximately 1500 students and 60 full-time faculty members.  www://com@miami.edu

 

 

 

University of Miami Knight Center for International Media opens convergence lab



                                 

Coral Gables, FL (Dec. 13, 2007) — The Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami School of Communication officially opened the doors of their Convergence Lab and Observational Research Suite during an evening reception and open house held on Dec. 12.  UM President Donna Shalala and School of Communication Dean, Sam L Grogg, welcomed guests for a preview of the lab and its many capabilities for learning and professional development.
“This new lab is yet another example of the forward momentum of the University of Miami. We are most fortunate for our longstanding and growing collaboration with the Knight Foundation,” said President Shalala.  Dean Sam Grogg stated that “The Knight Center and this high tech facility are at the heart of the School of Communication and will give students, faculty and professionals a remarkable resource for their learning, teaching, professional and creative work.”
Guests toured the multi-station computer-based Convergence Lab which integrates video, photo, audio, online/new-media and text projects all in one space for student and faculty work.  The Knight Center’s state-of-the-art equipment gives students hands-on experience and allows for the opportunity to collaborate and author cutting edge multi-media projects.  The Lab also boasts an online digital studio with High Definition streaming capability and a green screen for compositing and other visual effect-based uses.  The lab/studio also allows for live internet discussions and lectures and is connected to the School’s up/down link digital broadcast capabilities.

“The UM Knight Center is dedicated to advancing new journalism practice across national borders to solve problems of global significance.  The lab serves both as an incubator for developing future journalism tools and techniques as well as a home for major anchor projects that involve broad global collaboration and impact. The Center’s anchor projects are informed by the United Nation’s Millennium development goals,” said Sanjeev Chatterjee, Executive Director, Knight Center for International Media and Vice Dean for the School of Communication.
Within the Knight Center space is an observational research suite equipped with remote control digital video and audio recording capability as well as computerized transcriptions for students and faculty to conduct focus groups, surveys and collaborative projects. 

“I think at this time of globalization, having a Center dedicated to understanding the world’s point of view, nothing can be a greater contribution to communicating and understanding,” said Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

For more information about the Knight Center for International Media visit: http://knight.miami.edu.

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The Knight Center for International Media was established in February 2007 to address the assumption that the world will not solve its most difficult problems unless its people learn to communicate more easily across national borders. The Center is made possible by a major grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Journalism Initiatives and builds upon the University of Miami’s long-standing relationship with the Foundation.

The University of Miami School of Communication seeks to prepare ethical and responsible communication professionals for success in a global society.  The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, broadcasting, advertising, public relations, visual journalism, communication studies and motion pictures, with a total current enrollment of approximately 1500 students and 60 full-time faculty members.  www://com@miami.edu