Communication Studies
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Students in the Whitworth Department of Communication Studies benefit from computer labs that are updated each year. A large-screen projection system and high-speed Internet access in each computer lab and classroom allow professors to teach using samples of student work and of professional media from around the world. In any given class, students might watch streaming video from CNN or even examine the impact Facebook has on international communication. Students also can critique their classmates' work electronically. In addition to the Internet, each computer offers ready access to numerous professional databases -– including Lexis/Nexis, ProQuest, ERIC and Academic Universe –- which students can use as they learn to research, write and edit for print and electronic media. Students use digital cameras and programs such as InDesign and Photoshop to design brochures, newsletters and other items. The student newspaper and yearbook also benefit from the state-of-the-art technology, seen most readily through the slideshows, interactive graphics, video and audio presentations on The Whitworthian website. Broadcasting courses are taught in a television studio lab using various types of video cameras.