Jeff Prah, chief engineer and coordinator for technology training at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, connects campuses using Sony’s PWS-100RX1 wireless streaming receiver for cost-effective, time-saving video communications. The server allows Prah to unite student news anchors and field reporters wherever there’s 4K/LTE cell service, Wi-Fi or an Ethernet port for internet access.
Prah and the students began using the PWS-100RX1 earlier this year, just in time to put it into play for President Obama’s State of the Union address. Each term, students study in Washington, D.C., with the Medill on the Hill program for political journalism. Connecting a studio on the main campus in Evanston, Ill., with a satellite studio in Washington, D.C., over fiber for live coverage of events there has been a staple of this experience.
Setting up the equipment proved to be far simpler than imagined, making it possible to take on the project on short notice. The setup combined a roundtable of reporters alongside student commentators at the main studio and roving reporters at the Washington bureau. The center of the event was a live feed of the address, provided by a local television station. The PWS-100RX1 was located in Evanston, with the accessory transmitters at the endpoints at multiple locations in Washington and at the local TV station. After the back-end setup, all students needed to do was turn it on to produce high-quality video.
“Much of what we do at Medill is anticipate the future of journalism. Our hope is that our students won’t just be working in it—they’ll be helping create it. The PWS-100RX1 is a crucial tool, a breakthrough product, to enable such creativity,” says Prah.