The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism

The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism (CBJ) has outstanding specialist facilities to enable our journalism students to develop their skills in a professional real-life journalistic environment that is as close to industry-standard as possible.

The multi-million pound centre, in the heart of Nottingham, includes a dedicated newsroom, a broadcast standard TV studio and gallery, and three digital IP-based radio suites.

TV studio

  • 4 Panasonic HD TV cameras on pedestals
  • Autocue script prompting on all cameras
  • Large practical set area with 75” backscreen LED display
  • Green screen chromakey area
  • Professional DMX lighting rig with tungsten, fluorescent and LED lights
  • Gallery talkback and communications system

TV gallery / production control

  • NewTek TriCaster 8000 HD vision mixing and playout system
  • NewTek TalkShow Skype Broadcast TX system
  • 32 channel digital audio mixer
  • 48 channel DMX lighting desk
  • QNews newsroom control and scripting system
  • Studio talkback and communications system
  • Full range of gallery operator roles:
    • director
    • vision mixer
    • sound mixer
    • production assistant
    • autocue controller
    • producer

Newsroom

  • Industry standard newsroom environment for TV, radio, print and online news production
  • 96 high-specification PC workstations all with full Adobe Creative Cloud suite
  • Burli newsroom software system for radio production
  • Live news feeds from Independent Radio News (IRN)
  • QNews newsroom control system for TV production
  • Panasonic HD newsroom camera linked to TV studio
  • Adjustable-height desks for wheelchair users

Radio studios

  • Three digital radio suites including a larger 16 channel studio with six-microphone hex desk (used for multi-presenter panel debates) and two smaller 8 channel studios for news production
  • All studios fully soundproofed with acoustic isolated floating floor system
  • All three studios are networked and fully integrated with the Burli newsroom software for playout
  • Automated live bulletin recorder / audio logger
  • Real-time audio monitoring for newsroom
  • Two voice-over recording cubicles

Student technical resources

The CBJ Tech Store has a large stock of broadcast quality audio and video recording equipment and accessories, all free to loan, including:

  • Panasonic AC90 and AC130 HD digital camcorder kits
  • Canon and Panasonic DSLR cameras and lenses
  • GoPro and 360 cameras
  • Marantz digital audio recorders
  • Mobile journalism kits
  • Manfrotto tripods
  • Sony, Rode and Audio-Technica microphones
  • Sennheiser radio mics
  • LED lights
The tech team are incredible, they are such a friendly bunch and you learn so much by working closely with them every day. We had access to industry standard production and post-production equipment. Being able to use industry standard kit whilst studying really helped prepare me for life after university.

Michael Wilkerson, MA Documentary Journalism

Technical support

The production facilities have a dedicated team of friendly and experienced technicians. They provide students with constant technical support and update and create systems that mirror the latest innovations in industry.

Facilities tour

You can tour our facilities at one of our open days.

Address, contact and location

The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism

Address: Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 5806

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The Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism

  • Subject area: Media, journalism and communication
  • Category: Learning tools and spaces; Media; Teaching facilities
  • Location: City Campus

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