A new news laboratory and classroom of the UP Journalism Department of the College of Mass Communication were inaugurated on May 7. These new facilities were an endowment from business tycoon Ramon S. Ang.
Leading the ribbon-cutting were Jane Llanes, head of the San Miguel Corporation Media Relations and UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan. According to Llanes, the personal donation of Mr. Ang is part of his continued support for higher education.
“The Php2-million donation was solicited by the UP Journalism Department to sustain its laboratory, which had 12-year old computers that could no longer accommodate new programs in Print and Web design and Data Journalism. The Laboratory (room M209) received an overhaul with: the latest All-in-One computers with bundled software; a Smart TV; an environment-friendly inverter air-conditioning; a new projector and screen; and, new tables and chairs. The Laboratory is currently used for several courses, including J117 Online Journalism, J121 The Newsroom, J122 Publications Design and J116 Data Journalism,” according to UP CMC.
Among other improvements are the upgrading of room M207 into a seminar room with a set of multimedia equipment, such as a Smart TV, an LCD projector and a projector screen also to be used for Journalism master classes by other CMC departments. (Stephanie S. Cabigao, UP MPRO)