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Communication students at American University gain hands-on experience with the tools of their future professions through a unique collaboration with Sony Electronics. The University's Media Innovation Lab (MIL) is outfitted with Sony high-definition broadcast and production equipment, from 4K and business projectors to studio cameras to production switchers.

The new Sony technologies are key components of the School of Communication's recent upgrade into the newly restored McKinley Building. With the renovation complete and the products installed, SOC is now even more fully equipped to carry out its mission of preparing students for careers in the communications and digital media industries.

Video: Next-Gen Technology Empowering Media Education

In addition to the MIL and the 145-seat Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, the updated McKinley Building now houses 10 specialized classrooms, multi-purpose learning spaces, office and work space for approximately 100 faculty and staff, and six computer labs supporting digital imaging, online content creation, motion graphics, multichannel audio, and full HD video editing.

Sony and American University officially unveiled the new spaces with a series of events on April 28 and 29, highlighting the range of new Sony technologies and featuring high-profile guest speakers including Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda.

Sony Sends Students to Vegas

David Ruck and Lindsey Sitz worked with cutting-edge Sony technology at this year's National Association of Broadcasters convention, care of Sony's NAB Experience Program. The two led demos for industry pros while networking and picking up new skills. Read more

Sony, SOC Collaboration

SOC Sony Interview Menke Fish

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Sony NAB Experience

Dave Ruck and Lindsey Sitz at NAB

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What's Happening

Sony at AU