Media and Public Affairs Building

Media and Public Affairs building


The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) offers students access to a wide array of state-of-the-art production and broadcasting facilities. Students enrolled in specific SMPA classes can use this industry-standard equipment to learn and practice the craft of visual storytelling.

 

 


Jack Morton Auditorium

Jack Morton Auditorium

 

The Jack Morton Auditorium is a 244-seat venue on the entrance level of the MPA building. The auditorium offers full TV production capability, digital sound and video recording and conferencing capabilities. The auditorium is the former home of CNN's “Crossfire” and continues to host live television events including CNN Town Halls.

 Reserve the Auditorium

This space is managed by GW Events & Venues

 


 

Production Facilities

students in control room

Students in the broadcast studio control room

The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) is home to the Richard Eaton Broadcast Suite. This fifth-floor production environment holds a professional studio, control room, audio booth, and audio room, ADOBE editing suites, and multi-media classrooms.  

Richard Eaton (1990-1981) pioneered several of the first African-American radio listening programs in 1947 and was the founder of the United Broadcast Company.  He began the first Spanish-language radio station in Washington, in 1960; the first Cuban-oriented station in Miami, WFAB-FM, and the first Japanese-language television station in Honolulu, KIKU-TV. 

In 1947, Eaton began his radio program the same way: "Friends, to brighten your day, here is your message of hope. . . ."

Rent the Studio

 


 

Editing Facilities

student in editing facility

Editing facilities are available to students 24/7.

The fifth floor of the Media and Public Affairs building is home to 42 Adobe Creative Cloud video editing stations available 24/7 for student use. Classes also have access to the cutting-edge Adobe Team Projects cloud software for collaboration on team video projects from anywhere.

 


 

Field Equipment Checkout

Student using camera

 

Students enrolled in specific SMPA production classes have 24/7 access to professional-level equipment to complete their multimedia assignments. Students can check out over 50 Sony NX-5 high-definition cameras as well as lighting kits, radio microphones, D-40 Nikon still cameras and digital audio recorders. Students taking documentary classes have access to Panasonic High Definition HVX cameras.

Equipment Distribution Hours

 


 

Flash Studio

flash studio

 

The flash studio, located on the second floor of the MPA building, is the university’s state-of-the-art broadcast studio used for remote, live or taped television and radio interviews. The studio is capable of transmitting broadcast quality HD video and audio to local, national and international media and can be used to create and record video and webcasts. The studio is administered by GW's Media Relations office and is available for faculty use.