Technical Requirements

Essential Tools

APPLE LAPTOP

$1,699 and up

Minimum specifications:

  • 13-inch MacBook Pro with macOS 10.13 (aka “High Sierra”) installed
  • USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt ports
  • Built-in user-facing video camera
  • 16GB of memory (RAM)
  • Intel i5/i7 6th Generation or newer processor
  • 256GB solid state drive (SSD), though we recommend 512GB

SMARTPHONE

~$600 plus data plan

For shooting high-quality photos and HD video


PORTABLE DRIVE

~$50

For transporting media and files to other devices


BACKUP DRIVE

~$140

To back up your devices and files

We recommend an external drive with a minimum storage capacity of 3TB along with Apple’s Time Machine.


MEDIA DRIVE

~$100

For long-term storage

We recommend a high performance (7200 RPM) external drive with a minimum storage capacity of 1TB.


SDHC MEMORY CARDS

~$60

Allows use of our recording and field equipment


ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD SUITE

$360, including monthly subscription for three semesters

For video and photo editing, graphic design, PDF creation, etc.

Buy the Creative Cloud Suite


PRO TOOLS

$180, including monthly subscription for three semesters

For recording and mixing audio

Buy Pro Tools (or cart it, then cart the dongle, then buy!)


PRO-TOOLS – DONGLE (ILOK)

$50

Plugs into a USB port on your laptop so Pro Tools will work

Buy iLok


USB-C Adapter

~$80

Needed to increase the number of available ports on your MacBook Pro


AUDIO HIJACK

$42 with academic discount

An application for capturing and recording audio

Buy Audio Hijack


DOMAIN & HOSTING

~$60

For a personal website with your own domain name


SOPHOS HOME

Free

Business-grade cybersecurity for real-time protection against viruses, malware, Trojans, worms, bots, potentially unwanted apps (PUAs), ransomware, and more

Buy Sophos Home (Free)


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Insuring Equipment

In your pursuits at the Newmark J-School, you will use video and audio gear from our equipment room – including taking it out into the field. To borrow equipment, you are required to have personal property insurance. We’ve arranged for a simple $200 policy through Haylor that covers you for 18 months.  This insurance also protects your laptop and many other personal items, such as your bicycle.

You will need to provide us with a certificate of insurance before you can borrow gear. 

FAQs

Great. Just make sure your laptop meets the minimum specifications.

Have tech questions?

Our Help Desk is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Contact us at newbies@journalism.cuny.edu if you’ve got questions prior to attending orientation or help@journalism.cuny.edu during the academic year.