Aha! Lab CMIR Integrated News Facility
As the semester comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to reflect on my time here at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Weimer Hall has undergone a huge transformation since my sophomore year, starting with the Center for Media Innovation and Research and ending with the most recent addition, the Integrated News Facility. It’s strange to think that CMIR is now one of the old parts of the building! I still remember doing election coverage from there in 2010. I have been to many meetings in that room, as well as seen many guest speakers. That’s where I first met our Dean! There are Mac laptops in there for students to use, as well as a large projector screen. Teachers hold classes in there all the time. The room allows students another option to further their learning experience. They even did a podcast out of the 21st Century News Lab for a little while! The newest addition to CMIR is the Aha! lab on the third floor of Weimer. This was designed primarily for Advertising and Public Relations students, but students from all majors use it. There are four break out rooms, whiteboards, projectors, desks, and even a coffee machine! The college is changing rapidly to fit the students needs. This college has allowed me so many amazing opportunities, from working with ESPN to WUFT. I could not have asked for a better college experience. It saddens me that I will have to say goodbye come May, but it also makes me excited for the future. I am truly blessed, and Go Gators!
21st Century News Lab