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Labo medias.2Earlier this fall, a crowd gathered in Room 212 of the University of Sudbury for the official unveiling of its new Labo médias, which was made possible through federal and provincial funding.

The Labo médias, located on the 2nd floor, is a gathering place, where one can thrive and create freely in a learning environment. It will allow students with an interest in communications to acquire valuable practical experience during their studies. The lab contains three main zones: one for audio and radio; one for video and television; and one with work stations for drafting, editing, brainstorming, etc.

The room will primarily be used by students enrolled in Études journalistiques, the University’s French-language journalism program under the Culture et communication department. However, the creation of partnerships with other groups on campus and within the community will allow for a wider use.

“We are very grateful for the important federal and provincial support,” states Dr. Sophie Bouffard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sudbury. “This lab will have a positive impact on our students, allowing them to make important connections early on and be well prepared for the workforce, as soon as they graduate from the University of Sudbury.”

“We purposely named the space a laboratory,” highlights Dr. Daniela Moisa, Chair of the Culture et communication department. “This speaks to the new vision for the Labo médias, which puts forth digital creativity and experiential and collaborative learning with the community. More than a space for university-level training, the Labo médias is an enhancement and mediatisation tool on cultural, social and political levels, at the service of students, professors and researchers, as well as media experts and members of the Ontarian, Canadian and international societies.”