Changes in communication arts department

 Fresh paint is on the walls, new equipment has been moved in and  classrooms have been rearranged in the basement of the Cattell Library to  make way for changes in the student media programs.

 In addition to going online, the Aviso offices have moved into the newly  renovated library basement in order to be closer to the audio/visual  programs.  The two are now working together to produce Aviso AVW –  audio, visual, and Web.

“We can now share ideas and share resources much more easily,” said David Dixon, faculty advisor of the Aviso.  “The physical separation of the space has long been a problem for us.”

The changes to the facilities have been generated from the changes in Malone’s Communication Arts curriculum according to Ron Johnson, media communications professor.

“There’s been a process of changing the curriculars, co-curriculars and facilities in that order,” said Johnson.  “What’s obvious this fall is the facilities change.”  For instance, classes that used to be about television or radio broadcasting are now media classes with a broader focus.

“The old facilities just weren’t attracting students,” Johnson said.

The changes in the facilities and the way that the media programs are set up are indicative of the way that the media industry is headed, said Johnson.  One major difference that he pointed out in the renovated space is how changeable it is.

“Notice that none of the furniture is nailed down,” said Johnson.  “That’s deliberate so that things can change…If you build a studio that can change, it can help several different pursuits.”

The changes to the Aviso are also reflective of changes in the media industry, according to Dixon.

“Clearly, this is the way the industry is going,” said Dixon, adding that going on the Web is going to increase the convenience of accessing the Aviso, as most of campus now has wireless Internet connection.

“It really allows us to do some more interesting kinds of projects,” said Dixon.

Dixon thinks the student media changes at Malone will be valuable to the readers of the publication as well as those producing it.” It means a richer experience. It’s not just the old print on the page.”

Editor-in-Chief of the Aviso Abby Skiba is excited for the changes that the publication is going through.

“There’s been a lot of disconnection between the different student media,” said Skiba.  “It’s going to be a process.”

Aviso staff writer Jesse Peek also sees this year as full of opportunity. “Seeing how connected everything is going to be, I think there are a lot of possibilities.”

Stephanie Morton Arts & Entertainment editor and contributing writer for The Aviso. 

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  1. Interesting that the article did not mention the Aviso’s move to online only (or primarily online). While the convergence is exciting, and immediacy of an online forum can change the coverage if it’s done right, I think there’s going to be something lost without a physical product on the campus. I believe people are still attracted to the print-on-paper variety of news. I’m interested to hear what kind of success you all have with this new venture.


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