Are you looking for a course where you will get hands-on experience working on a real production set? Look no further than COM*228 Broadcast Journalism Workshop.


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

1. It’s a Graduation Requirement! If you took COM*142 Television Production last year, COM*228 Broadcast Journalism is an essential class to take this coming semester. The class is required for Broadcast-Cinema majors to graduate. It is also an option for other majors in the Center for New Media umbrella, if you took the prereq which is Television Production. Which brings me to my next point…

2. It’s Only Offered in the Fall! Broadcast Journalism is only offered in the fall semester because of course sequencing. The class is filling up, so if you intend to graduate next this school year May 2016, this will be your only chance to take this course.

3. It’s Relevant!  This course teaches many important aspects of television production, which are not focused on journalism per se, but cover technology, documentary production, film production and how to create a film or television program from scratch—because that is what you will be doing when you work in the industry. In the course, the class will create a cable television program. With our new connection to Comcast, the program, documentary stories, and reality stories will be aired to the community. Students who have taken the class say it’s great to work on a cable program and create short documentaries. After finish this course, many students have moved into a job—a good job—shortly after because of the skills they acquired. And if you are transferring to a four-year school, taking this course will place you in more advanced courses! Plus, the course is also taught by award winning professionals, in conjunction with WFSB Channel 3, so you will be learning from the best in Connecticut.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*228, 3 Credits,
 Broadcast Journalism Workshop
Students will develop and produce a weekly news or public affairs program for broadcast on local television. Emphasis is on story research, writing and producing a program under strict deadlines. Formats can include news, magazine and talk show while program topics can include local news, the arts, sports, community affairs, etc. Prerequisite: Either ENG*101ALP, ENG*101E, or ENG*101 and COM*142. 

Class Meeting Times
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m., Chapman Hall room 629, CRN: 3221



Professor Rich Lenoce is the director of the Center for New Media. He has been teaching at MxCC for over 20 years.


Students in the Center for New Media (Broadcast-Cinema, Communication, Fine Arts/Graphic Design, and Multimedia majors) at Middlesex Community College are invited to an exclusive orientation JUST FOR YOU!


Before the New Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 25, join us for a specialized orientation, just for students in the Center for New Media, at 11:30 a.m in Chapman room 605. Download the flyer.

This orientation is a great way to get on the right track before you start your college career at MxCC! You will learn information relevant to being in the Center for New Media such as:

– Facility hours and access
– Production course expectations
– Tutoring
– Standardized software
– Equipment certification
– Using network drives
– Internship information
– and an in-depth tour of the new facility

Sign up for the Center for New Media orientation.

You’re already on Facebook, you’re tweeting, you just instagrammed your lunch–so why not learn how to use social media strategically and be an asset for your future employer? You will have an opportunity to do just that by taking COM*120 Social Media, a new course introduced to the College as part of the Center for New Media. So I’ve come up with a few reasons why you should totally sign up for this class for the summer or fall semester.


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

1. Stand Out! Few community colleges and four year universities in the state are offering courses on social media. According to Dr. William Ward of Syracuse University, universities are failing at teaching social media. Yet, there’s a huge need in the marketplace for people who know how to use social media. Job postings requiring social media skills have risen over the past few years and companies are looking to fill these positions. Though college graduates these days are known as “social natives,” few have had proper training on using social media strategically. By taking Social Media, you’ll learn new skills to put on your resume to help set you apart. Besides learning about the major social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, etc), you’ll also learn how to create content for these platforms.

2. Build Your Brand! When you apply for an internship or job, you will be facing fierce competition. And no matter what industry you want to work in, you will need to build your brand and show off the skills you have. Through this course, you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to build your brand–your resume, your voice, and your online life. An important component of this course is learning to use social media professionally. Retweeting Jimmy Fallon’s (@jimmyfallon) latest tweet is great, but harnessing the power of social media has a greater payoff. Because what happens when a HR manager googles your name after you apply to your dream job or internship? Will they find a professional who knows how to use present themselves–or will they find your latest Facebook post bashing your boss or the Instagram of you at a party with your friends? Don’t worry! At the end of this course, you will end up a better of idea on how you will present yourself so HR managers will like what they see.

3. It’s Relevant! With social media, things are constantly changing down to the minute and have an effect on a plethora of industries! The topics covered in Social Media can be applied to almost any field that you want to work in. And no matter what your major is, this course can count as an elective. If you want to be a teacher, learn about new technology that you can incorporate in the classroom when you land your first teaching gig. If you’re a business major, learn what’s next in social media communications so you can use it when you enter the workforce (and impress your new boss!). Maybe you wind up as an environmental scientist. In that case, you can run your department’s blog on all the awesome things you do at work. The possibilities are endless!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

COM*120, 3 credits, Social Media
This course will introduce students to various forms of social media and how to use them strategically. Students will learn about leading social media platforms and tools, who uses them, and how they have transformed the way we interconnect and interact with the world, both personally and professionally. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge by participating on different social media platforms through interactive class projects. Prerequisite: Eligible for ENG*101.

Class Meeting Times
Online, CRN: 3199

Email Randi Plake at to see a syllabus or if you have any questions.



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

Broadcast Cinema, Courses

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.


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: 3198 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 to see a syllabus or if you have any questions.



This 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.

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

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.