The Center for New Media

The Center for New Media

Middlesex Community College is now home to two new Lynda.com Kiosks, provided by the Center for New Media. Lynda.com is a video tutorial site for software, creative, and business skills. The two kiosks can be found around campus! The first is located in the Wheaton Hall Computer Lab, Room 305 and the other can be found in the Mac Lab in Chapman Hall, Room 305.  Look for the designated iMacs in both of these labs. Make sure to check this abundant resource!

The Center for New Media

It is a beautiful day on campus, perfect for testing out the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter. A big thank you to MxCC alumnus Dennis Beaulieu, a UAV (Unnamed Aerial Vehicle) hobbyist, who has donated some fall shots of the campus from his test today (pictured here). Also pictured is Dan Nocera, coordinator of MxCC’s Corporate Media Center.

The Center for New Media

Are you interested in working in the television or film industry? Then a course in Scriptwriting is a great idea! Even if you’re not sure you want to be a scriptwriter, being familiar with how scripts are written is important for anyone looking to work on set as a production assistant, producer, or director. So here’s a few reasons why you should totally sign up for this class this semester.

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Here are the top three reasons why you should take this course:

1. It’s Online! If you’re looking for a more convenient schedule, our online Scriptwriting class is just for you. If you’re like most students, you are likely taking a few classes and working while you’re in school. You might even be volunteering your time somewhere or doing an internship. Not to mention any family commitments you might have. If that’s the case, an online course offers flexibility because you don’t need to come to campus and sit in a classroom. But remember, an online class requires as much work as an on-ground class. You just have the flexibility to complete your coursework from the comfort of your own home at a time of day that is more convenient for you!

2. Learn From An Industry Veteran! At the Center for New Media, students are given the opportunity to work with award-winning faculty who are more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with students. Ms. Barbara Rogers teaches this course. She has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. She has worked as an Script Coordinator, Production Coordinator, Associate Producer, Producer and Writer on various productions throughout her career. For the last seven years she has been Writer/Producer for two Telly Award-winning instructional videos for the Department of Environmental Protection through the MxCC Corporate Media Center. Read more about Barbara here.

3. It’s Valuable! As I touched upon before, scriptwriting is a valuable skill for anyone in the media field. Being able to analyze a script is an essential skill for actors, directors, editors, and even lighting designers!  In addition to film writing, this course also covers writing for news, documentaries, and commercials.  By the end of the class, you will have treatments for a documentary or educational film and completed a 10 minute narrative film.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*111, 3 credits, Scriptwriting, CRN: 3603 Practice and analysis in all aspects of script writing for motion pictures, television and radio. Course covers basic formats as well as techniques for narrative development, story structuring, etc. Prerequisite: ENG*101, ENG*101E, ENG*101ALP, or permission of the instructor. Email Barbara Rogers at brogers@mxcc.edu to see a syllabus or if you have any questions.

randiplakecopyThis blog was written by Randi Plake, program assistant for the Center for New Media. She is passionate about social media and will gladly talk your ear off about it.

Demolition is over and construction on the Center for New Media has begun! Check out the slideshow of pictures to see the progress. The new Center will include a new high-def television studio, an audio production room, a radio station, video editing suites, a green room, and a collaborative classroom. Construction is expected to be completed for the start of the Fall 2014 semester.

Learn more about the new facility here.

About the Center

Middlesex Community College's Center for New Media is located in Middletown, CT.


The CNM offers innovative associate degrees in broadcast-cinema, graphic design, multimedia, and communication, as well as certificate programs in areas such as interactive entertainment, gaming, 3D animation, new media production, news and sports production, corporate media and web design.


We are a designated Center for Excellence in broadcast education and we prepare our students for jobs in the growing field of new media with a hands-on education.


Learn more about programs at MxCC's Center for New Media at www.mxcc.edu/cnm.


This project was funded by a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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