Pictured from left to right: Dr. Carlton Wilson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Felecia Casey-Hicks, television studio manager; Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye; Dr. Calvin Hall, chair of the Department of Mass Communication; and George R. Hamilton, chair of the NCCU Board of Trustees.
Last month, North Carolina Central University unveiled a nearly $2 million state-of-the-art television studio. With $1.86 million in Title III funding, the new television studio will further enhance the training of NCCU students in the growing mass communications industry.
The high-tech, high-touch facility is housed on the first floor of the Farrison-Newton Communications Building on campus.
“NCCU’s new television studio signals a shift in the way we will prepare our students who seek to become trained, job-ready, award-winning journalists,” Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye said. “This studio reflects a significant investment in intensive and extensive training through our mass communication program that now provides our students with enhanced practical instruction in a world-class, high intensity, hands-on learning environment.”
The new television studio will provide learning experiences in audio and visual technology, camera operation, lighting, directing and on-camera presenting.
NCCU’s award-winning Department of Mass Communication has more than 250 students enrolled. The department soared past other colleges and universities at the Southern Regional Press Institute competition in Savannah, Ga., bringing home six awards. The university’s student newspaper, The Campus Echo, was recognized during the 2019 N.C. College Media Association Conference.
“This facility reflects the university’s commitment to the idea that our students – and those to train and teach them – deserve to have access to the best equipment and facilities,” said Dr. Calvin L. Hall, the department’s chair.
In addition to the television studio and campus newspaper, the department also provides students with hands-on training through radio production. The campus radio station, WNCU 90.7 FM, broadcasts jazz music and public programing while student radio stream AudioNet provides real-time programming with R&B and hip-hop music, news and sports of local and national interest.