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Baruch College Launches "Studio H," a Multimedia Lab for the 21st Century

(New York, NY, October 22, 2009) Baruch College has launched “Studio H,” a state-of-the-art journalism laboratory designed to bring cutting-edge technological capabilities into the classroom and train the next generation of students in the most advanced techniques of news gathering and dissemination.  The facility was made possible by a $1 million gift from The Harnisch Family Philanthropies.

“This fabulous gift is helping to transform what was a program within the English Department just a year ago into one of the nation’s premier undergraduate journalism departments,” said Geanne Rosenberg, professor of journalism and chair of the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions.

Studio H includes 24 work stations fully equipped with computers and sophisticated editing software as well as video and digital cameras and sound-recording equipment. The facility also has high-quality multimedia presentation capabilities.  The addition of this studio component to the existing resources of the Baruch College Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions adds to the College’s ability to serve a diverse population of students in what is the only public undergraduate journalism program in New York City. Philanthropists Ruth Ann and William (’68) Harnisch have called Studio H a ‘bold investment” intended to “produce returns that we can’t yet imagine.”

Stan Altman, President of Baruch College, said: “This professional-quality facility offers Baruch College a world-class resource for preparing tomorrow’s practitioners and leaders in the fields of journalism, new media, and all of the writing professions. It immediately helps to position our new journalism department in the forefront of professional writing programs.”                 

Contact: Zane Berzins

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