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Equipment for incoming students

UPDATED: June 1, 2016

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. An iPhone or Android phone works great and is actually the preferred option.

The following cameras are acceptable options:

  • iPhone or Android phone
  • Any digital camera that also shoots HD video
  • iPod Touch
  • iPad

We also recommend a simple kit to get better video from your smartphone, including a mini tripod and a Shoulderpod smartphone adaptor.

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 costs $20/year for the first year.

We also recommend that students own a Macintosh laptop computer.