At a time when communication industries are experiencing corporate consolidation, technology convergence, government regulation, and the emergence of new media, it is important for colleges and universities to redefine their curricula and to update their facilities to prepare students for this new landscape. The print and broadcasting/cable media, along with the newer Internet service providers, are providing more advanced digital technologies and productions.
Students must be exposed to these changing technologies to stay competitive in the current job market. The print journalism industry is moving toward distributing multimedia information on the Internet to support their print products. Broadcasters likewise are using the Internet as a new medium to simulcast with their on-air programming.
Just as desktop publishing revolutionized the print industry, broadcasters now use desktop systems to create and deliver all of their programming products. Soon there will be no need for students to learn the use of traditional videotape editing systems. In the USI communications computer laboratories, only digital editing is taught.
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