Students and professors gathered Oct. 2 for an open house to celebrate the new convergence media lab in the basement of Renshaw Hall.
The convergent media lab was created in hopes of unifying all student media groups. It started in 2011 after past Linfield Review editor Kelley Hungerford’s grandmother decided to donate $10,000 to the newspaper. Hungerford already had an idea to create a lab that all of the production groups at Linfield could use.
“The goal is to have a space student media can expand into and have a greater collaboration with one another,” said Susan Sivek, assistant professor of mass communication.
After the donation was designated to the Review, Hungerford had already graduated and was unable to continue working on the project. Brad Thompson, associate professor of mass communication and Michael Huntsberger, assistant professor of mass communication; and seniors Haydn Nason and Jessica Prokop took over the convergent media lab project.
This group of people decided what the lab would include. The lab added counters, couches, wireless Internet, painted walls, a drop ceiling and two computers originally from Wildcat Production. The original $10,000 donation was only able to go so far, but more equipment will be added once funds are raised.
Students enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the efforts the mass communication department is making to better the space for students.
“It was my first time down there, so it was kind of like a KSLC and convergent lab open house,” junior Kaylyn Peterson said. “It was mostly mass communication majors, but we each have our little niche, so it was nice to meet people who focus on other types of media.”
The new convergence media lab will give students the opportunity to work more on production in an environment that encourages collaboration.
“It was rewarding being involved in a process where we can unite all media groups, especially in these changing times where digital media is becoming more prevalent,” Prokop said.
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