Monash University launches innovative media lab
A state-of-the-art media lab will be officially launched on April 7, 2016 at Monash University’s Caulfield campus.
Waleed Aly, well-known journalist and Monash academic, will launch the Monash Media Lab, which is part of the Monash Arts School of Media, Film and Journalism.
The Media Lab will provide a unique environment that will transform the way students learn, giving them the skills to navigate a new, high-tech world of media and journalism.
Waleed Aly’s opening talk will underline the impact that can be achieved when ideas and media professionalism come together.
The lunchtime launch will be followed by a mini film festival in the Media Lab’s theatrette and an evening panel chaired by the ABC’s Virginia Trioli.
The evening panel, featuring industry professionals and former students, will focus on the rapidly changing media environment and what it means for future careers. The importance of having technologically advanced facilities for educating and providing young people with the skills they need to be industry ready when they graduate will be explored in this session.
Many School of Media, Film and Journalism scholars are also journalists and film-makers with significant industry experience. As part of the launch, a mini film festival will highlight recent works by Dr Romaine Moreton and Associate Professor Tony Moore. Dr Moreton’s critically acclaimed short films The Farm (2009) and The Oysterman (2013) will be shown as well as A/Prof Moore’s feature length documentary Death or Liberty. The documentary is based on the book co-written by Moore and was broadcast in Ireland in 2015 and on ABC television in early 2016.
The Media Lab features equipment and facilities that will transform the way journalism, film and media are taught and learnt. The facilities include
- two radio/sound production studios with an adjacent control-room/audio production and teaching suite;
- an open-plan newsroom;
- broadcast TV and video production studio announcer/guest desk for six people with mobile tripod mounted cameras, overhead lighting grid and full sound and vision cabling and graphics screen;
- a control room/vision mixing production and teaching suite; and
- two laboratories, each with 24 student computer terminals, e-lecterns, interactive screens and optical fibre cabling for synchronous and asynchronous blended teaching and learning activities.
The Media Lab will also provide the means to demonstrate and develop MFJ’s industry engagement and research impact in the community through radio, TV, and online current affairs journalism, documentaries and short films.