School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

New Information on Required Laptops

Posted on: June 27th, 2011 by

Recommended Hardware
[Purchase recommended laptop with hard drive and Applecare Protection Plan]

NOTE: This laptop is only required for students taking a “skills” class (like Journalism 271)

15-inch: 2.0 GHz Macbook Pro
(The 13-inch model is also acceptable. This applies to both the 2010 and 2011 models.)

– 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
– 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x2GB
– 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
– SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
– MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
– Backlit Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide

Recommended – AppleCare Protection Plan


Highly recommended at time of purchase to provide extended warranty


Required Peripherals

– External hard drive: LaCie Rugged 500GB 7200 RPM with firewire. (Recommended)

– Students can purchase an equivalent 7200 RPM (that pertains to speed) external firewire drive that’s 250 GB or larger. There are several on the market. For video editing, the external hard drives must be firewire capable.

Note: Apple “Back to School” specials may be available beginning in June or July.


Required Software Applications

One of the following word processor programs:

– Microsoft Office Mac 2011 (preferred) [Purchase] or
– iWork (iWork can be preinstalled by Apple) [Purchase]


Non-Broadcast Students Only:

– Adobe CS5 Design Premium for all non-broadcast students (Adobe CS5 is not required for broadcast students.) [Purchase]