New Media Lab Gives Communications Students Opportunities
By Mike Wicelinski
As the Fall 2013 semester began students taking communication courses, such as Writing for the Web, Online Content Production, and other New Media related classes were taught in a new computer lab specifically built to give students the tools needed to learn about the constantly changing industry of content production. Professors Tom Kenny and Jamie Cohen are the two faculty members most involved with the new lab. Professors Kenny is the Facilities Manager for both the lab and the TV studio, and Professor Cohen is the Program Director of the New Media program.
The lab is located in the basement of Wilbur, replacing the old music practice rooms that have been moved to the Public Square. Professors Kenny and Cohen worked with James Multari, the Director of Facilities, and Nick Simone from the Information Technology department to get the new lab up and running. The lab features 24 I-Mac computers that have various programs for editing video, photos, writing content, and designing images to be used on various online platforms, such as Buzzfeed, Vine, Storify, Twitter and Facebook. Professors Kenny hopes to expand the new lab as the industry evolves, stating "You always need to be learning to keep up with what's new in the industry." His future plans include adding universal storage, making it easier for students to share files between computers, eliminating the need to work on the same computer each time, a problem that has slowed student progress on projects in previous semesters.
The new lab is open to any student who wants to learn more about programs, video, web design, and content creation. Professor Cohen said "The lab and New Media program were designed to empower our students." The New Media program was introduced as a major at Molloy College this fall, and is the only program in the region to offer the students the experience and opportunities they will need to succeed in this field. "Our end goal is that our students will get a job that doesn't exist today. They learn as the industry changes, so they will grow into the roles that will be needed in the future" said Professor Cohen as he explained his goals for both the lab and the program.