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We employ a specialist team of experts that can help you learn how to use our facilities, to bring your ideas to life.
When you study for a Journalism degree with us, you’ll get access to industry-standard facilities in our MediaCity building. The facilities are geared towards helping you harness your creativity, with everything from TV and radio studios to multimedia newsrooms. Not sure how something works? Don’t worry, our team of experts will ensure you'll get the most out of using our Journalism facilities at the University of Salford.
DID YOU KNOW?...
It’s easy to travel between our campuses, Salford and Manchester
When you're a student with us, you can travel free between our campus and Manchester city centre using the number 50 bus
Our MediaCity facilities allow you to think and work like a Journalist
As a Journalism student, you’ll be studying in MediaCity, the heart of the media sector in the north-west. You’ll learn using the same type of equipment as you’ll use when you enter the world of work.
Great facilities are only half the story
Our team of technicians will help you get the most out of the equipment and software we have on offer.
We’re only an email away
We support the academic and professional development of our Journalism students to help you reach your potential. Have a question? We’re only an email away or phone us on +44 (0)161 295 4545
TV News studio
A state of the art news set, including three HD cameras with teleprompters. This studio also can link up to the other two TV studios in the building based on the ground floor, enabling live feeds. With our new industry-standard technology 'LiveU' our students and staff can 'go live' from any location.
Our TV studios are industry-standard, so much so that they are actually used by the industry. The BBC have used them for a variety of broadcasts, such as the Olympics and Christmas music concerts, and they’re equipped with the same audio-visual systems used by the ITV and Sky too.
The studios have green screen facilities as well as basic props so you can design and build sets for a range of projects, from game shows to news broadcasts.
All these studios link to our control rooms and the feeds can either edited in the control rooms and transmitted live, or saved and edited at a later date.
They contain eight Sony HXC 500 HD broadcast cameras, a Sony DWX wireless microphone system and a ETC ION Lighting Desk with robotic lighting. Not sure what that all means yet? Don’t worry, at this point you just need to know that it’s a similar set up to that used by the BBC, ITV and Sky, so when you secure your first job at a broadcaster, you’ll feel right at home from day one.
Please note, this facility isn’t the norm for our Journalism students to use, as our students use the above TV News Studio.
You’ll use this space as a hub to simulate a full working day in a newsroom, covering breaking stories. Software available includes Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere, InDesign and Avid Media Composer, all of which is used by the industry.
Finishing and editing suites
Our dedicated editing suites will allow you to learn and excel in all elements of post-production work. They feature 4K monitors and 5.1 surround sound systems (so you can pick out all details of your work as you create your masterpiece) as well as all the software you’ll need and use when you start your career.
This includes Avid Media Composer (used for editing much of the broadcast TV you’ll see), Da Vinci Resolve (used for colour finishing across a range of TV programmes), as well as Adobe Creative Cloud.
Although our Journalism students can access these facilities, our students often edit in the Newsroom facility.
If radio is your area of interest, we can offer you three cutting edge studios which have been used for live contributions to shows on talkSPORT and Capital.
They’re equipped with Studer OnAir 3000 mixing desks and mirror the hardware and software set up in the BBC’s radio studios.
Cameras, lighting kits and mics – they’re all essential to media production. But don’t worry, you won’t need to spend thousands of pounds to get the set-up you need – we have a fully equipped equipment store available for you to use and take out industry-standard kit.
From the Panasonic VariCam (used to film Netflix shows such as Ozark and Orange is the New Black) to the ARRI Alexa (as used on The Mandalorian) and a host of other kit from companies like Canon, AKG and Sennheiser, you’ll be able to shoot and record on location in the high quality you need to bring your vision to life.
What are the opening hours of your Journalism facilities
The opening hours are weekdays 9am-10pm, weekends by arrangement.
How accessible are your facilities?
Our rooms, buildings and spaces have been designed to cater for everyone's needs. They have disabled toilets, large lifts, large dressing rooms, and accessible entrance and exits points, so you don't need to worry about getting around. Visit our partner, disabledGO for more information.
How do I view and get to your facilities?
You can travel to our Peel Park and MediaCity campus:
The University of Salford has a dedicated train station, Salford Crescent. Direct services run to and from Manchester Airport, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria, as well as Blackpool, Bolton, Buxton, Blackburn, Southport, Preston and Lancaster.
Staff and current students can get around campus for free using the 50 bus. The number 50 runs every 10-15 minutes between East Didsbury and MediaCity via our Peel Park campus. You can also get to us by using services 8, 12, 26, 31, 32, X34, 36, 37, 38, 50, X61, 67, or 100.
Our MediaCity building is located near the Peel Park Campus just off the Crescent (A6). The closest campus carpark is Irwell Place car park. There are Blue Badge spaces on campus closer to the building.
Parking is chargeable 7 days a week between the hours of 9am – 6pm. After 6pm, parking is free. Please note: all university car parks us the PayByPhone App, Irwell Place has an optional Pay and Display machine.
JOURNALISM AND PR COURSES AT SALFORD
All our Journalism and PR degree courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.
Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.
MEET THE JOURNALISM AND PR TEACHING STAFF
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Find out who'll work with you throughout your academic journey at the University of Salford.
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Whether you're looking to attend a virtual campus tour or find out more about our courses and facilities, our supportive staff will help answer your question. Contact us today, as we're only an email away or phone us on +44 (0)161 295 4545.