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
  2. Smartphone (iPhone or android) with data contract and video and audio capability
  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 min 32GB.  It is also helpful to have a portable hard drive minimum 1TB
  6. If you are interested in photojournalism, a DSLR camera Audio and Video capability (microphone input recommended)
  7. Batteries, always carry extra….and make sure your devices are charged

MOBILE COMPUTERS (updated May 30 2018)

You should consider purchasing a mobile computing device. Due to the low cost of some of the new technology being used in the School of Journalism, students can now afford to do production and multimedia work in the field. You will be well-armed if you have access to mobile technology when doing reporting and other class assignments. While the school does not require students to own their own equipment, we know many students will be making purchases and we offer the following suggestions.

MacBook Pro

Intel i7 Processor

13″ or 15″ (Recommended) Display

8GB or 16GB+ (16GB+ Recommended) Memory

256GB or 512GB+ (Recommended) SSD


MacBook Air or Macbook 

Intel i7 Processor 

12-13″ Display

8GB or 16GB (16GB+ Recommended) Memory

256GB or 512GB+ (Recommended) SSD

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

Windows (windows 10 is our current operating system)

Intel i7 Processor

13”-17″ FHD (1920X1080) or better Display  

16GB+ Memory

256GB or 512GB+ (Recommended) SSD

Some examples of Windows models: 

Dell XPS, Alienware, Inspiron 5000 and 7000 series

For video editing and design-intensive work we strongly recommend 15” or 17” models with dedicated (e.g., NVIDIA) graphics.


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 have implemented 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.

The gear listed below are examples of what you may want to purchase.

Mobile Phones and Mobile Devices

iPhone 6, 7, 8

iPod Touch

iPad Air 2 or 3









360 Video

You will have the opportunity to try some 360 video in some of your classes.  360 cameras are relatively inexpensive.


Samsung Gear 360 4K Spherical VR Camera (2017 Version)

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

Lavalier Microphone








Good Quality Headphones

Audio Technica ATH-M40X

Over the ear Headphones


Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Sony MDR7506

Shure SRH440

Senal SMH-1000




Cables and Adapters:

Microphone and Headphone Cable for iPhone 7

2 in 1 Earphone and Lightning Adapter


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

You will need both of these cables to connect microphone to an iPhone, iPod or iPad. Note:  the adapter cable lets you input both microphone and headphones at the same time. 

XLR female to 1/8 inch male mini cable and the adaptor cable

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

XLR female to 1/8 inch male mini cable

XLR female to 1/8 inch male mini cable

IRIG for iPhone (used for Google Hangouts live hits and phone recording)


Telephone Recording Adapter from a landline with an attached handset

Adapter for recording telephone calls

Telephone Recording Adapter


DSLR Cameras and Audio Recorders

High end DSLR records video & audio

Canon T6i or T5i DSLR Camera

Canon T7i

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.