Production Facilities & Technology

The School of Media and Public Affairs has a production floor that holds a professional studio, master control room, audio control room, vocal recording audio booth, and 42 Adobe editing stations that are available to students 24/7 in the multimedia classrooms.  

Students enrolled in specific SMPA production classes have access to professional-level equipment to complete their multimedia assignments. Students have access to Panasonic CX-350 4K cameras as well as LED lighting kits, professional microphones, Nikon D-3300 DSLR cameras and digital audio recorders. Students taking documentary classes have access to Panasonic DVX-200 4k Cameras.


A news room studio with cameras, a platform, and projection screens.

Broadcast Studio and 5th Floor MPA

The studio and control room are used for collaborative learning, which includes academic studio production courses, student organizations like GWTV, media training and live events. 

The Broadcast Studio is a professional and versatile 35’ X 30’ (1050 sq ft) sound-isolated production studio. It has a touch screen monitor, news set with anchor desks and a 3x3 video wall. There is also a green screen & cyclorama curtain system for Chroma-Key or other solid backgrounds for interviews or other configurations. We have four pedestal-mounted Sony 2K HD cameras with teleprompters, and a computer-driven lighting DMX control system.

The control room contains a professional Ross Graphite video signal control system with a Carbonite production switcher, Ross XPression graphics generator, and a CueScript teleprompter. Our Audio Control room is powered by a 32 channel Yamaha QL5 audio mix console to control audio from various sources during a production. In addition, the control room has a separate sound isolation booth with a broadcast quality condenser microphone for podcasts, voiceovers, and audiobooks, using Adobe software. 


A person uses a news room camera to film a video.

Equipment Check-Out

Production equipment is only for students enrolled in SMPA production courses who book through WebCheckout for use on class projects. SMPA students in eligible courses can reserve and check out equipment at the MPA building fifth-floor front desk during normal business hours. The use of equipment for personal or paid projects is not permitted.

Distribution Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hours may be temporarily subject to change and if so are physically posted on the lobby doors to the 5th floor and outside of the distribution desk. 

The distribution center is closed during all holidays and breaks and other university closings. You can sign up for alerts or check the GW campus status in the case of inclement weather or other issues. 

Students recording a podcast in the SMPA Podcast Studio

SMPA Podcast Studio

The SMPA Podcast Studio is available for podcasting, voiceover work, or a space to film. All SMPA students and faculty are welcome to use the podcast studio for a maximum time of 3 hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reserve the podcast studio, you must request a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. The studio is located in the Media and Public Affairs Building in room 524.

Key features of the studio include:

  • Podcast equipment
  • Space to do voiceover work and film
  • 4 person capability with the ability to connect your phone via bluetooth and host remote guests over Zoom

Request a space in the podcast studio here