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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 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.

We also recommend that students own a Macintosh laptop computer.