Facilities

Computer Lab

The department's computer laboratory has 36 Mac Pro, modified to provide the extra capacity needed for large graphics and Chinese typography. One of them is connected to an Epson projector to provide a whole-room view of what is on its screen. The computers are connected to a central university server, and through this to the associated equipment: three laser printers and one scanner.

Software available includes Microsoft Office, and Adobe CS3 Master Suite for producing everything from page layouts to multimedia contents. 

The Computer Laboratory is surrounded by the offices of the two student newspapers, which contain five more computers for editing work, as well as cuttings and reference libraries, etc.

The laboratory is available for individual use at any time when it is open (normally from 9 am to 5:30 pm) and not in use for timetabled classes, which generally occupy about 12 hours a week. Users pursuing personal projects are expected to give way to students working on the department's newspapers if the room is full.

Printing Lab.

The printing laboratory meets the needs of the student newspapers and the other printing and publishing activities of the School of Communication.

The laboratory houses a Heidelberg MO offset press. Pre-press facilities comprise a ECRM 46 Imagesetter, Devotec 51 film processor, Theimer plate maker and a Polar 92 EM guillotine.

The Printing Laboratory is not available for individual use. Students and faculty with printing requirments are invited to consult the Printing Technician, Mr Leung Wai-hung.

TV Studio

 The broadcast journalism (BJ) concentration aims at training broadcast journalists. Under this concentration, there are one news studio, two editing rooms and one equipment/technician room. The studio is used for producing radio news casts and television news casts for the Broadcast News Network, a broadcast station run by BJ students. Three studio cameras with teleprompters are set up in the studio to facilitate students' practicum work. Radio and TV editing machines are installed in the two editing rooms and students can do their editing assignments there under the supervision of technicians. Both linear and non-linear editing sets are available. Hi-8 cameras, digital cameras, MD recorders and other broadcast equipment are stored in the equipment room. Students can book the equipment for use throughout the academic year.