Journalism will require some students to buy Macs in the fall
Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:49 p.m.
The University of Florida's journalism department has taken sides in the Mac vs. PC debate, if its new requirement is any indication.
The journalism department and possibly the public relations department will require its new students to buy Mac computers starting in the fall.
The news that some students in the College of Journalism and Communicatiolns will be required to buy Macs came out during a panel discussion on the future of journalism Tuesday evening at Ustler Hall.
Some students will also be required to buy a software package, audio recorders and cameras able to shoot video, said David Carlson, director of college's Center for Media Innovation and Research. As reporters become more mobile and self-reliant, he said, such technology is increasingly needed for reporting.
"Journalists are going to need to bring the tools to the job rather than the jobs providing it for them," he said.
College Dean John Wright said the college is negotiating with Apple for discounts on software, such as the Final Cut video editing program. Requiring students to purchase equipment means they'll be able to use financial aid to pay for it, Carlson said.
He said the requirement will be phased in. Students already in the program won't be required to buy the equipment, he said, but it will be required when new students start taking the classes typically reached at the junior level.
Some schools, such as the University of Missouri, require journalism students to have an Apple iPod Touch or iPhone. UF's College of Pharmacy started such a requirement in the fall for its students, who can use the portable devices for interactive classroom polling and listening to lectures.
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