Mass Communications Facilities
At Butler, you can enjoy professional–quality facilities and equipment on the El Dorado campus.
Computer Lab/Newspaper Production Room – Available to all Mass Communication students, you have exclusive use of a 12 station computer lab with Adobe InDesign CS5 in addition to general programs like MS Word. This production room is the heart of our student newspaper. Here you will have staff meetings, receive criticism from editors, research articles in previous editions of the newspaper, and occasionally hang out.
Magazine Production/Meeting Room – In this production room, you will interact with your fellow students during staff meetings in a comfortable environment. At times a quiet place to write, at others a place to grab a quick snack, the Magazine Room will become a home away from home. Meetings among other student media staff also take place in this room.
Video Editing Lab – The AVID Video Editing Lab consists of 12 student stations, a master station with large HDTV monitor and a self–contained server. The Video Editing Lab supports courses in video editing and all student video projects. AVID software is used in an overwhelming majority of professional settings in the television, video and film industries.
Butler Television Studio – The production floor of Butler Television contains three studio cameras with teleprompters, a boom camera for overhead shots, full lighting grid and Chromakey screens for virtual sets. Our magazine feature show (Campus Edge), studio portions of our skit/comedy show (McGrizzlies), athletic interview shows and special student projects are all shot here.
Butler Television Control Room/BCTV Headend – The Control Room for Butler Television‘s studio is based around a TriCaster "studio in a box." Separate audio, live title, commercial playback, teleprompter control and lighting control stations support the switching and playback capabilities of the TriCaster. The TriCaster also allows for computer–generated sets using our blue and green screen studio. In addition, the Control Room contains the automation/control equipment for BCTV 20 automated programming.
Butler Radio Station Studios – Butler Radio includes two studios and a reception/library area. Studio A is the main on-air studio with space for a DJ and three guests. Butler Radio‘s computer system supports both live DJ shows as well as automated programming; DJ‘s also have access to playback equipment and telephone lines for live shows. Studio B contains our news production station (including telephone line for interviews and two microphones for live interviews), an audio production station identical to our Audio Editing Labs and room for panel discussion shows. Studio B has also been used to produce Radio Theatre–style comedy programming. The Butler Radio suite has a reception/library area displaying some of our awards and seating for students to just hang out.
Audio Editing Labs – Butler has a total of four audio editing stations with Audacity and Pro Tools software located in the Butler Radio suite. These stations can be used for classes, radio station projects and independent student projects. Students also have access to a Pro Tools studio employing an eight channel controller and sound booth; this facility is maintained by Butler‘s professional media staff and available by reservation.
Audio/Video Field Equipment – Newspaper and magazine staff use Canon Rebel digital cameras and digital audio recorders. Two and four track digital audio recorders are available to radio students, while video students use Canon XL–2 professional cameras based on MiniDV tape technology. Depending on the video project, tripods, wired and wireless microphones, lighting kits, remote broadcast kits and portable Chromakey backgrounds are available.