Journalism and the Monash Media Lab

Monash Media, Film and Journalism students have a professional media environment right on campus: the Monash Media Lab, a facility consisting of:

  • a broadcast TV and video production studio;
  • three radio and sound production studios with a control-room/audio production and teaching suites;
  • a fully fitted newsroom;
  • editing suites;
  • two teaching laboratories

Equipment

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The below equipment is required by students who intend to undertake Journalism units remotely. This equipment is useful for all Journalism units, and necessary for Video Journalism.

  • DSLR camera or smartphone able to shoot video at a minimum of 1080p resolution and microphone connectivity
  • Microphone, either lavalier or shotgun style (ideally both, but one of either will suffice)
  • Tripod for camera
  • FiLMiC Pro App (iOS and Android. Download through App Store or Google Play) for those wishing to utilise their smartphone only

Please note these are examples only. Experiment with different brands to get a feel for what works best for you and always shop around to secure the best price. A DSLR camera with HD video capability will provide the optimal experience for students. However, a smartphone with HD video capability, with the below attachments, will suffice:

DSLR camera


Nikon D3500 DX including two lenses: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (good standard lens good for interviews & AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm (a longer lens for capturing at a distance): $596.95

Microphone

DSLR directional shotgun mic (make sure you camera has a shoehorn on the top to clasp your mic and hold it steady): $82.83

And/or

DSLR lavalier mic: $45.00

Or

Smartphone shotgun mic: $39.99

And/or

Smartphone lavalier mic: $45.00

Tripod

DSLR camera tripod: $99.99

or

Smartphone tripod: $35.99

App

FiLMiC Pro App: $22.99

Cinematographer Kit: $21.99 (in app purchase within the FiLMiC Pro app). Recommended for Video Journalism.

You may wish to consider purchasing a dedicated camera bag for your kit which can include space for your laptop and any additional equipment to enable your very own mobile newsroom in one kit.