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



You may want to 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 (Retina) –

Intel  i7 Processor

13″ or 15″ (Recommended) Display

8GB or 16GB+ (Recommended) Memory

256GB or 512GB (Recommended) SSD


MacBook Air or Macbook –   or

Intel i7 Processor 

12-13″ 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). 



Intel i7 Processor

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

12GB-16GB+ Memory

256GB or 512GB (Recommended) SSD


Some examples of Windows models: 

Dell Inspiron 5000, 5000 Gaming, 7000, and 7000 Gaming laptops. 

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


You will also find it almost vital for success to have a mobile phone with audio/video recording capability and a USB memory stick


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+ or 7

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 adapter 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 from a landline with an attached handset

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

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.