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Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication
Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication hosts one of the leading journalism degree programs in Canada. For more than 60 years, graduates from Carleton’s journalism program, informed by a demanding and intense curriculum that combines professional course work with traditional academic studies, have filled the ranks of the media and related occupations in Canada and around the world.
Beginning in 2013, Carleton University’s journalism program moved to the brand new ‘River’ building on campus. Applied Electronics submitted and won the RFP to build and integrate the studio, classroom, ingest, and studio control room facilities for the brand new “River” building, which also boasts a large studio facility, interactive classrooms, a studio control room, and a plethora of edit suites.
The project consisted of supplying and installing equipment for the studio control room including a video switcher, intercom system, multiviewer, audio board, teleprompting station, and server control. In the studio, three cameras, tripods, camera kits, IFB, intercom, television, bulkhead and green screens were installed. The ingest suite received a transcoder/sync generator and bulkhead; and for the classroom including two 60 inch televisions.
A few of the challenges Applied Electronics’ staff were faced with early on included the compact timelines and equipment integration. Because the project wasn’t awarded until early August and the students would be arriving in early September, timelines were very critical. The Applied Electronics team liaised with Carleton staff throughout the project to ensure classes could commence as scheduled as well as for alternative teaching venues for spaces that would not be ready in time.
Some equipment integration also proved to be complex as Carleton University already had an existing Sienna server system in place and it was essential for it to be seamlessly integrated into the rest of the system. As an integrator, Applied Electronics takes responsibility for ensuring the overall system works, even if the equipment is not sold or maintained by our staff, so it was imperative for staff to certify all equipment was in working order before handing it off to the Carleton University staff.
Carleton now boasts one of the most advanced journalism studios in Canada. Pristine HD video is used throughout the facility in programming, clip playback, record, and editing.