Mobile mixing desk turns lobby into studio

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Well, that’s one way to get good reception – film in Reception.

A new portable TriCaster mixing desk means Journalism students can set up a studio pretty well anywhere – including the lobby in the Ellen Terry building at Coventry University.

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Only five weeks into the autumn term, and second-years were already producing their first TV show, recorded in one take in front of a live audience. It features pieces on Coventry’s bid to become European City of Culture, a Halloween make-up tutorial, and a tour of rarely-seen parts of the lakeside at Coombe Abbey park.

Here’s how the day unfolded, in pictures:

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Beck helps set up the tripods

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Having a laugh is part of the process

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All good media careers have to start somewhere

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Will that piece be ready in time?

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The running order’s looking healthy

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Beck gives a new meaning to the term, “floor manager”

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You’re not looking fierce enough, Aaron

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Ben and Ben discuss the shots; Natalia eyes up that coffee

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Selfie time!

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Tashanne pre-records her City of Culture interview

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Lecturer Sarah edits the title sequence…

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…which features shots of the team at work

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Important note: don’t forget to eat!

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The running order is attached to each tripod

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Beck and Jess get that shot lined up

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Everyone ready? We’re about to go live

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On the sofa: presenters Ben and Adonelle, with newsreader Alpha

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Is than an autocue, or a nought-o-cue? Visual talkback – on legs!

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Editor Cameron (left) and tutor Ben watch the directors calling the shots on the mixing desk (set up in a cupboard just off reception)

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Directing means making decisions under pressure – but it’s a buzz

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Reporter Ieuan went back to nature (and did a “walk and talk”)…

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… and Vasile went to the pictures

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Did something embarrassing happen? Adonelle’s reading that script VERY closely

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Kinga’s Halloween make-up piece plays while the live team prepares the next item

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Coming to you in five, four, three… Natalia relays director Josh’s instructions

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The mummification game is mad. Stronger toilet rolls needed next time, maybe

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The view from above

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An audience of passers-by builds up in the lobby

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Jerome and Karena keep busy on social media throughout the show

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Yasmin’s on Camera One… Gemma’s on two cameras

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Good job, team! Now just three more episodes to go…




Simon Pipe is a former print and BBC journalist, now a member of the Journalism teaching team at Coventry University. He also runs an experimental website, St Helena Online, about one of the world's most remote inhabited islands, at On Twitter, when he has something to say, he is @simonpipe

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