You are joining our program at an exciting time for journalists: a time of rapid and continuing change. Many of these changes surround technology, and common methods for journalistic work have expanded to include laptops, smart phones, digital cameras and recorders. Although laptops are not yet a requirement for the Journalism program, 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 incoming students will be making purchases, the gear guide offers suggestions to help you arrive prepared.