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Equipment for incoming students





First-year Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication students are required to purchase a video camera before the start of the school year. This camera will be used to create photos and videos in the Multimedia Journalism Lab (J31), which all first-year SJMC students take in their first semester of school. The following cameras are acceptable options:

  • Any digital camera that also shoots HD video
  • iPhone 5c, 5s, 5, 4 or 4S
  • iPod Touch 4th or 5th generation
  • iPad 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation

It is also recommended (but not required) that students buy a tripod, either a full-size tripod or a table-top version.

First-year SJMC students are required to purchase a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. This will provide the software needed to produce all the multimedia elements in JMC 31. You can find information here about Creative Cloud. It runs either $30 a month, or $25 a month if you pre-pay for the year.

We also recommend that students own a Macintosh laptop computer.