JJ Shanks and Javeon Mathews, members of the WNIA Campus Radio club, in NU's new podcast studio.

Niagara University’s Department of Communication and Media Studies has added a full-service podcast studio to its media production lab for students and other members of the university community who want to develop their own podcasts.

“The studio was established in response to student demand for opportunities to build their podcasting skills,” said Dr. Doug Tewksbury, an associate professor in the department who spearheaded the project with associate professor Dr. Mark Barner. “It’s something that’s of interest to a lot of our students, many of whom are making their own podcasts. The new studio gives them access to professional-quality production facilities that they don’t generally have on their own.”

The studio, located in Dunleavy 217, is fitted with broadcast-quality hardware, including equipment by Shure, Sony, Rode, SSL, and Apple. It also has full livestreaming equipment, including multiple webcams, to broadcast live or recorded video conversations, and a music and sound production station, with audio interface, MIDI controller keyboard, studio monitors, and software, where podcasters can create and edit their own musical compositions. The studio can accommodate up to five people at one time.

This project was made possible by an Academic Innovation Fund grant through the Office of the Associate Provost, Henrik Borgstrom. For more information, email the Department of Communication and Media Studies at cms@niagara.edu.