Journalism students are required to do reporting, production and multimedia work in the field using mobile technology, and while “loaner” equipment is available we know many students will be making purchases or adding technology devices to their shopping lists.   We offer these suggestions…..

  1. Laptop computer – see specifications below

a) smartphone (iPhone) with data contract and video and audio capability


b) regular mobile phone PLUS an iPod (touch) or Samsung Galaxy Tab (device must be able to update to most current software)

     3. Good quality microphone – see below

4. Good quality headphones – see below

5.  USB portable storage device minimum 32GB and a Class 10 SD card minimum 32GB. It is also helpful to have a portable hard drive minimum 1TB

6.  If you are interested in photojournalism, a DSLR camera with SD card reader and microphone input is recommended

7.  Always carry extra batteries, device chargers and make sure mobile devices are charged


MacBook Pro (Retina) –

i5 or i7 (Recommended) Processor

13″ or 15″ Display

8GB or 16GB (Recommended) Memory

256GB or 512GB (Recommended) SSD

For video editing and design-intensive work we strongly recommend a MacBook Pro (Retina).


MacBook Air –

i7 Processor (2.2 GHz)

13″ Display

8GB Memory

256GB or 512GB (Recommended) SSD

Please note: The Apple MacBook (Core m) is not recommended.

For design/video intensive work we strongly recommend the MacBook Pro.


Windows –

i5 or i7  (Recommended) Processor

13”-17″ High Resolution (Full HD. 1080p or better) Display

8GB (Minimum) to 12-16GB (Recommended) Memory

256GB or 512GB (Recommended) SSD

Dell offers bundle packages and pricing here (do not purchase a netbook – it’s not sufficient for curriculum needs). Log in using your Ryerson email credentials: Scroll to bottom of page and click on Dell – Ryerson’s Student Store.

Some examples for a Windows model:




Multimedia Gear

These are some good recommendations from the School of Journalism.  We are recommending these in comparison to what we use in the School of Journalism for course related production.  Most give you video, audio and still photo capability.  Smartphones are becoming very popular for electronic newsgathering and we are implementing these devices in our curricular activities.  If you are going to use a smartphone make sure you have a good quality microphone and compatible microphone cables.  A good data plan is also highly recommended.

Mobile Phones and Mobile Devices

iPhone 6+

iPod Touch

iPad Air 2 or 3

Samsung Galaxy Tab








Microphones (if you are using an iPhone 7 please note that it does not have a standard microphone jack)

Purchase a good quality microphone (note: all these microphones have an XLR 3 pin connection so you will need to purchase a microphone cable with mini adapter (see below) – Headphones should also have mini adapter.

Apex750 Hand Mic

Apex750 Hand Mic

EV635A Hand Mic

EV635A Hand Mic

ECM44B Lav Mic

ECM44B Lav Mic

Over the ear Headphones









Good Quality Headphones

Audio Technica ATH-M40X

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Sony MDR7506

Shure SRH440

Senal SMH-1000


Microphone and Headphone Cable for iPhone 7

You will need a 2 in 1 Earphone and Lightning Adapter for the iPhone 7



Microphone Cable and Microphone Adapter Cable for iPhone 6 iPhone 5 iPod iPad

You will need both the XLR female to 1/8 inch male mini cable and the adaptor cable to connect microphone to an iPhone, iPod or iPad. Note:  the adaptor cable lets you input both microphone and headphones at the same time.

XLR Mic Cable








1/8 inch microphone/headphone adapter – 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 3.5mm female TRS Jacks

1/8 inch microphone/headphone adapter



Microphone Cable for DSLR, Consumer Video Camera or Audio Recorder

You will need an XLR female to 1/8 inch male mini cable to connect a microphone to a DSLR Camera, Consumer Video Camera or Audio Recorder.

XLR female to 1/8 inch male mini cable


IRIG for iPhone

Telephone Recording Adapter

Adapter for recording telephone calls

Used for recording phone interviews






DSLR Cameras and Audio Recorders

High end DSLR records video & audio

Canon T6i or T5i DSLR Camera

Canon T6i or T5i

Zoom H4N Recorder

Zoom H4N Recorder

Marantz 661 Recorder

Marantz 661 Recorder








Useful APPS for mobile devices and desktop

You may want to familiarize yourself with some of the following apps and desktop apps as you will be using many of these in our curriculum.

Voice Record Pro, Videolicious  Pixler  Premiere Clip – desktop app or phone, Periscope / ScribbleLive Google Drive Facebook Twitter Instagram Google Hangouts, DV Prompter, File Converter Free Vyclone MCamLite, Evernote, ThingLink  desktop app  iTalk,  Twisted Wave (9.99 – but has editing capability), Easy Voice Recorder, Memo Voice Recorder, Tape-a-call Voice Recorder, Tune In Radio (for listening and recording stations from around the world),  Podcast -apple’s own app for downloading and saving podcasts,  We also use WordPress and Adobe Creative Cloud.