25 May 2011

Breaking news from the home of journalism

Student journalists have broadcast for the first time in Building 9 - the new home of the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University's City campus.

And, reflecting the way social media has influenced journalistic practice, students have organised interviews for news bulletins using twitter to contact sources.

Second-year student Ashley Anderson arranged an interview for his radio news story on the Myki ticketing system by tweeting the creator of a site that tracked overcharging of commuters.

Dr Nasya Bahfen said the building’s new facilities were designed to complement the teaching of the School's undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, including the journalism program's courses in print, radio, television and online news.

"They include editing and recording studios for students from across the School, as well as a converged newsroom cross-platform lab for the exclusive use of journalism students and professional communication students studying journalism subjects," she said.

"The converged newsroom allows students in different year levels to work at the same time on their radio bulletins for Triple R, television stories for broadcast on Channel 31's Newsline, and the journalism program's print and online publication, the City Journal."

Building 9 has won several Institute of Architecture awards for its retrofitting.

It has rainwater collection tanks, exposed thermal mass of building structure to assist with temperature regulation, natural ventilation, energy-efficient lighting and recycled or Forest Stewardship Council certified timber furnishings, and flexible learning and teaching spaces.

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