The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma is the first collegiate journalism program in the United States to be named an Apple Distinguished Program for its comprehensive integration of Apple-inspired technology throughout its building and curriculum. The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for academic units that are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership.
Inside Gaylord Hall, the College provides students with the open Creative Lab, five advanced computer-assisted teaching spaces, Newsroom Convergence Lab, 10 video-editing bays, two broadcast training facilities and three audio training suites. Gaylord Hall is also an active wireless building, offering students the ability to connect to the OU computer network from any classroom or public area. Many students choose to work in the community spaces on the first floor.
Gaylord Hall is capable of handling any computer platform. However, the faculty of the college have examined the curriculum and workload of students attending the college and encourage students who are considering purchasing a laptop computer to use during their college studies to select an Apple computer. The University of Oklahoma has arranged for special discounts from Apple on both hardware and software.
The Gaylord College Creative Lab is available to all students enrolled in JMC courses. The lab is open between 70 and 85 hours each week with more than 300 individual workstations available.
A wide variety of software is available to support student projects in all JMC majors including:
Gaylord Hall has developed a facility that offers students the opportunity to produce high quality video and television programs. This includes studio cameras and controls; digital audio; single camera video production; field audio production; studio and field lighting non-fiction and documentary production; and fictional and experimental video production. Several post-production platforms are available, suited to different levels or production.
NOTE: Only students currently enrolled in JMC broadcast classes may use the editing facilities, studio or field equipment. Reservations for field gear may be made in master control. Reservations for editing time may be made on the signup sheets at the edit bays, or audio production rooms. A signed equipment liability policy and agreement must be on file before a student can take out field equipment or use the production facilities.