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The Journalism and Screen Studies department at UM-Dearborn just opened a new and improved TV/audio production studio.

Professor James Gilmore said he has been working on upgrading the studio for some time now.

“It took a while to find the funds,” Gilmore said, who is in charge of the studio project.

“This is my eighth year here and I have been working on this since I got here. Dean Hershock has been great with supporting the studio and the provost got behind it her first or second year here.”

They disbanded the older, outdated studio in the Mardigian Library and moved into CASL. Gilmore said the previous studio had equipment that dated back to the 1980s.

When CASL was built, there was a space put in for a production studio. However, it has never been utilized for that purpose until now.

JASS majors as well as communication majors are the primary students who will be using the facility. With new state-of-the-art technology, students will have the opportunity to experience what it actually feels like to be in a TV/audio production studio.

Gilmore thinks the space will be perfect for his classes.

“It’s great for team building,” he said. “I have about twelve students in there at a time with me. Some are being news anchors while others are directing or producing.”

Being on the first floor of CASL required the space to be covered with noise insulating material to keep sounds out of the student’s taping. Other features that have been added are a state-of-the-art green screen, low power environmentally friendly lights, a digital audio mixer and a social media space, to name a few items.

A $50 course fee gives students a swipe card to enter the facility, as well as the ability to check out cameras to shoot their projects.

Gilmore believes the space will promote hands-on learning.

“This is our main lab,” said Gilmore. “Just like how science departments have a chemistry or biology lab, this is ours.”

Students in Professor Gilmore’s classes will begin utilizing the space fully in October.

“Students are just starting to see the space,” he said. “Once they do I think they will be shocked. There are so many great improvements and tools for them to use.”