The Center for Media and Information was founded in 2003, and integrates all of the teaching, application, and experiment resources of the College of Communication. There are six divisions: the VNCCU radio station, IT Lab, Audio-Video Lab, Theater, News Lab and Research Oriented Media Lab. The Center plans all human resources and budgets to coordinate the demands of teaching, research and application, thus boosting the competitive advantages of the College.
The communication library, known as “News Material Room” was founded in 1962. It was located on the third level of college of Journalism, mainly to provide professional communication archives for faculties and students. This was the only professional journalism library in Taiwan back then.
The Chiang Kai-shek Library started operating in 1977, the “News Material Room” belongs to Chung Cheng Library Reading Section, and the library sent its own personnel to help manage it.
The school of communication was established in 1990, Reading Section then moved from third level of department of Journalism to nowadays location, which is the third floor of the college of communication. Its area is 113 pyeong, and the name was changed to “The library of college of communication”. Up until 1993, the name officially became “Communication Library ”.
In 2007, the school asked Professor Yo, Ben Kuan from the department of advertising to help coloring design, hardware management, and the spacing adjustment so that “Communication Library ” will present a new atmosphere. The library collections include professional western written books, both east and western journals, newspapers, visual-aid information, and doctors’ research papers. It is the library that has the largest collections that are related to communication professionals.
VNCCU is the College’s student radio station, with a long history and outstanding student-produced programming. By focusing on the ins and outs of campus life and the unique character of the Wen-Shan District, the station’s programming is broadly accessible and serves as a model for caring for the campus. The station has also established a website that allows audiences to listen at their convenience. For the most up-to-date information on the Wen-Shan District and life at NCCU, tune in to FM 88.7.
The student-operated AV Lab offers audio-video production classes, facility lending, and research support. It also provides students with comprehensive support, to ensure that they can successfully film or direct their audio-video projects. The AV Lab also offers live and on-demand broadcasts of academic events, campus activities, student projects, and educational programming, to highlight the university’s achievements.
Small but complete, this professional theater provides students with a performance space and venue for drama productions and large-scale outdoor performances. The student-run theater also holds classes for using theater equipment and acting skills, and hosts performances by numerous theater companies.
The ITLab provides the basic IT services to the College’s students and faculty, such as the software/photography workshops and maintaining the computing hardware facilities. ITLab also trains students in information design and photography, and highlights students’ creativity by displaying their multimedia works at the end of every semester. The main goal is to awaken students’ powers of observation and creativity, and improving their production skills.
Students handle everything from reporting, writing, and editing to taking photographs, thus delivering a student perspective on current affairs in our ever-changing world. The work that students do here serves to broaden their worldview and hone their writing skills. For the digital media age, the Uonline system has also introduced audio/video content and online interactivity, to liven its presentation of the news.
Designed to simulate an ordinary living space, the lab integrates research, demonstration and academic-industrial cooperation facilities in a new setting that allows researchers to observe users’ media consumption behaviors first-hand.