The Meek School of Journalism and New Media will now require incoming students to have an Apple laptop with software such as Final Cut Pro and iDVD on it. Starting in the fall, it will be necessary for students planning on enrolling in Journalism 271 and 272 and higher, but not for students just in the 100 level classes. Charles Mitchell, Assistant Dean of the Journalism school, says the requirement addition could add about $2,000 extra to student's tuition for the fall semester, but it would be a one time fee, and it would have long-term benefits for the students. Mitchell says other universities, such as LSU, Florida, and even USM, already require journalism students to have a personal Apple computer. He says the Apple is the industry standard for Journalism. Mitchell also says that this was a tough decision for the faculty and took nearly two years to become official.
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