The Meek School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

Laptop Requirement for Meek School Students

Students seeking degrees from the Meek School of Journalism will be required to complete class exercises and produce content using personal laptops. While the school currently provides some computer labs, you may not be able to complete all of your assignments if you rely solely on school equipment and software.

Meek School students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism are required to purchase a laptop and the appropriate software, prior to enrolling in JOUR 271.

Students seeing a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communication are required to purchase a laptop prior to enrolling in IMC 205.

Before purchasing a laptop, be sure to check the system requirements listed below. The school recommends purchasing a Apple MacBook but students can go with a Windows laptop.

Mac OS:
MacBook Air Specs:
• Intel Core i5 processor
• Mac OS X v10.9 or higher
• 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
• 20GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
• Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files (40GB recommended)
• 1440×900 display
• OpenGL 2.0–capable system

MacBook Pro Specs:
• Intel Core i5 processor
• Mac OS X v10.9 or higher
• 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended)
• 20GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
• Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files (40GB recommended)
• 1440×900 display
• OpenGL 2.0–capable system

Windows
• Intel® Core i5 or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
• Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 (64 bit version)
• 4GB of RAM (8GB or 16GB recommended)
• 20GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices)
• Additional disk space required for preview files and other working files (40GB recommended)
• 1280×900 display
• OpenGL 2.0–capable system
• 7200 RPM hard drive
• QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features

Software Requirements and Recommendations
The following software programs will be necessary to complete assignments in Meek School courses. All students must purchase word processing software, if it is not already included with the laptop purchased. If a student purchases the Adobe CS6 Master Collection, the degree-specific software indicated below is already included.

If students choose not to purchase the Master Collection, they will buy software collections specific to the degree being sought. When choosing the degree-specific option, students should be aware that additional software purchases or rentals may be necessary, depending on course selection.

When purchasing software, be aware that many companies offer an education discount.

Word Processing Software (Required)
(Microsoft Office 2016 or Office 365 Recommended)

Adobe CC (Required for both a B.S. in Integrated Marketing and Communication and a B.A. in Journalism)
(Includes all software programs listed below plus more)
• Acrobat
• After Effects
• Audition
• Bridge
• Dreamweaver
• Flash Pro
• Illustrator
• InCopy
• Media Encoder
• Photoshop
• Premiere Pro
• Prelude
• Speedgrade