NTC originally served as the university's computer center back when computers were massive in scale by today's norms and required an entire building to house them. During the 1970s, the Department of Communication acquired the building and converted it into a full-scale studio production facility. Over the years, the program has grown impressively and now includes a large, professional Electronic News Room (ENR) system, advanced non-linear editing platforms, a state-of-the-art (sorry, we had to slip in one cliché) automated broadcast animation graphics system, and new digital studio cameras with a LCD script prompting system. Our equipment pool contains an impressive array of professional digital field cameras, wireless microphones and top-of-the-line lighting kits.
NTC is a magnet for a diverse group of students in broadcast journalism, meteorology, and general media studies at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Student news anchors, reporters, producers, photographers, and editors work together with studio production directors, audio, video and graphics production specialists, studio camera operators and other studio crew. Our signature production is a full-length news, feature, and public affairs program called "NTC News Tonight," and this year we launched a feature program, "Top Shelf Sports."
In recent years, NTC programs have received acclaim from the Illinois Broadcasters Association, and we have an active chapter of Students in the Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA). When we're not in the studio or the newsroom working on our next program, we are attending IBA and INBA conferences gathering insights from our colleagues at other universities and from industry professionals.
Curious? Want to know more about how you can succeed with us? Contact NTC General Manager of Broadcast News Allen May or Program Director Alex Wiertelak at 815-753-8888. Or, better still, pay us a visit at the Northern Television Center, arrange a tour, and sit in the control room during our daily news production! Meanwhile, browse through our related web links to get a better look inside NTC.