Keep NTC Open
The NIU Department of Communication is moving broadcast Journalism classes to Watson Hall & DuSable Hall. This cannot happen. The Northern Television Center (NTC) has shaped the lives & careers of countless alumni and is essential for current students in finding a job when they graduate.
The facilities inside Watson Hall (& DuSable) are not designed for TV production and contrary to the beliefs of the administration, will not serve the needs of current students.
The department says low student enrollment & a crumbling infrastructure @ NTC are the reason for the move. Their solution was to vacate NTC and move students into Watson Hall because there is already a "television studio" located inside.
Students currently enrolled in the program and alumni found out about this change on social media. The office of University President Lisa Freeman were notified about the closing when a TV station (WREX) called them. (It's funny how TV stations can inform the uninformed).
Students were not consulted before the change was made and the administration did not reach out to alumni for ideas / funds to fix the building and / or solve the enrollment issue. We had to call them and offer help.
We (alumni & students) have asked for an estimate to fix the building and proposed forming an alumni council to help set curriculum and ensure the facilities are suitable for current students. We have not heard back.
If you are as passionate about NTC and don't want to see Journalism @ NIU die, please sign this petition.