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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
  • iPod Touch
  • iPad

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.