The Laboratory of Electronic Media was officially established in 2002 by Assist Prof. George Kalliris at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), though it was already operational for its initial educational and research activities since 1997. In 2004 it was fully renovated in its current location. Its main activities range in the fields of electronic Media, mainly Radio and TV broadcasting, including also all the associated audiovisual technologies that are deployed in the areas of Journalism and Mass Communication. The main areas of interest are: audiovisual production technology, room-acoustics and lighting for studios, editing, multimedia services, DVD-authoring, e-learning, web publishing, content-management-systems etc. New digital media technologies such as Digital Radio and TV production, interactive platforms, Web-Radio/-TV, tape-less systems, audiovisual networking services and applications, Quality of Experience models, content description - documentation techniques and media assets management are some additional contemporary topics that comprise the field of expertise of the eMedia Laboratory. The facilities of the Laboratory comprise of a Radio Recording Studio, a TV Studio, a Control Room, which unites the aforementioned and four editing suites. A complete installation of television lighting, systems of linear and non-linear computer editing, graphics and character generator as well as units of sound and visual effects are all placed within the work spaces of the Laboratory which is continually upgraded with the implementation of new technologies and the use of advanced techniques in Radio and TV industry. In addition, a fully-equipped multi-purpose room is available that can serve teaching and seminar activities, ICT-workshops, video-conferencing presentations and meetings. Digital media suites and associated mobile equipment are also available for the needs of new media productions and broadcasting, in both education and R&D multidisciplinary collaboration tasks.
Today, the Laboratory of Electronic Media satisfies the needs for radio and TV productions elaborated by the students in the corresponding courses. The above infrastructure is fully exploited in the graduate courses, as well as in three different post-graduate programs that are related with the use of contemporary digital media ICT in the areas of journalism, communication, production, education and culture, and lead to master and PhD degrees. The research-members, the technological know-how and the advanced equipment of the Laboratory of Electronic Media have been exploited in a variety of R&D projects, such as ôGraduate training and specialization by distance learningö, ôElectronic portal for providing training to teachers of secondary education in the Greek Language Centreö, ôProduction of innovative audiovisual content, designed for language learning, and available through the web Portal for Greek Languageö, ôStorage and Distribution of Audiovisual Sports Program for Athens 2004ö, ôAdvanced audio and video technology in the production of audiovisual works-AKMONö, ôOnline transmission of cultural events in real timeö, ôEstablishment of an interactive service for storage and viewing of films by students for studentsö. In this framework, eMedia Laboratory invests in the establishment of new knowledge and the expansion of the acquired know-how that is associated with the use of audiovisual digital technologies and new media in the fields of journalism and mass communication, for the benefits of the society. It also aims at the distribution of gained knowledge by means of all the available academic forms, such as teaching, training seminars, workshops, participation in publicity events and activities, scientific publications in international journals, presentations in scientific conferences and related forums.