COMM Equipment

The Department of Communication provides a variety of video, photographic, and audio recording equipment for COMM students to use in class and to check out for use outside of class time. Much of this equipment was bought with COMM lab fees.

Wondering how to use the equipment once you check it out? Take a look at our Student Resources page. 

How to Check out Equipment 

  1. To check out equipment your professor must first add you to Cheqroom. Professors will go over this in class, where appropriate. 
  2. Review our inventory on Cheqroom to see when an individual piece of equipment is available for check out. You can sort through items using the categories listed below in the "available equipment" list.
  3. Make a reservation in Cheqroom for each piece of equipment needed. Equipment can only be picked up and returned Mondays - Fridays, 10:30 am - 12 noon and 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm.
  4. Go to Frist 309 at the start of your reservation to check out the equipment. Equipment can only be picked up and returned Mondays - Fridays, 9 am to 4 pm. If no one is available in Frist 309, please check with one of the following faculty members: Dr Simmons (Frist 312), Prof. Weeks (Frist 302), Prof. Gibson (Frist 302), Prof. Andrews (Metro Annex), or Dr. McGhee (Frist 307).
  5. If equipment is not checked out on the day a reservation starts the reservation will be voided. 


Available Equipment

The following equipment is available for use by students enrolled in related COMM classes.

Audio Recorders

  • ZOOM H4n audio recorders (has internal micrphones, can also use external microphones) (40)

Audio Recorder Accessories

  • ZOOM AC Adapters (for use when power is available and batteries are a concern) (20)
  • ZOOM windbusters (for use when recording outside and wind is a concern) (20)

Microphones - Unidirectional (need to also reserve audio cable)

  • Shure unidirectional microphones (20)
  • Starpower unidirectional microphones (9)

Microphones - Shotgun (need to also reserve audio cable)

  • Audio-Technica shotgun microphones (20)
  • Sennhesier shotgun microphones (3)

Audio Cables (for use with microphones)

  • XLR to XLR, 20 foot cables - can be used with ZOOM recorders (20) 
  • XLR to 1/4 inch jack, 13 foot cables - can be used with ZOOM recorders (9) 
  • XLR to mini jack, 5 foot cable - can be used with DSLR cameras (3)


  • Headphones (50)


  • Photo flash (Speedlight SB-700) (12)
  • Lightening kits (each kits has 2 soft boxes and 2 light stands) (4)
  • 8 foot light stand for use with flashes or lighting kits (4)
  • Backdrop (black, gray, white) (2)
  • Video lighting kit (Dracast S Series kit with 3 LED video lights and stands) (1)

Photo Camera

  • DSLR for Video (Nikon 5600 with 18-55mm & 70-300mm lens, good for use in video production) (5)
  • Sony 5n mirrorless DSLR camera (shoots high quality still phones and HD video) (1)
  • Cameras reserved for students in Photojournalism 1 for the entire semester (Nikon 3100, 3200, 3300)
  • Cameras reserved for students in Photojournalism 2 for the entire semester (Nikon 3200, 3400)

Photo Lens

  • 50mm (AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1.8) (8)
  • 80 - 200mm (AF Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8) (7)


  • SLIK U800 - for use with Canon VIXIA video cameras (35)
  • Manfrotto 290 extra - for use with DLSR cameras (5)
  • Manfrotto Compact Advanced - for use with DSLR cameras (2)

Video Camera

  • Canon VIXIA HF R600 (includes camera, microphone, and headphones) (32)
  • DSLR for Video - listed under Photo Camera

Sound Booth

  • Whisper Room located with Metro Annex (reserve time slot for use)


Equipment Loan Policy

  1. I agree that The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga shall not be responsible for any personal injuries or damages to property as a result of use of said equipment.

  2. The student agrees to return equipment as scheduled, in clean and proper working order (including charging used batteries for video cameras). The student agrees to provide repair and replacement of any and all equipment items in the event of damage and loss. Payment arrangements will be made on an individual-case basis. Failure of The student to meet or abide by payment terms may result in an academic hold on client’s College account, preventing registration, releasing of diplomas and transcripts.

  3. The student is responsible for verifying the existence and operating condition of all equipment check out. Report any problems before leaving the media checkout room.

  4. The student must report any known damage or equipment problems when checking in equipment. The student is responsible for the equipment until it is checked in.

  5. The faculty in charge may cancel or amend any equipment request in whole or part at any time without notice.

  6. The student may not use UTC equipment for contract work.
  7. Unless otherwise permitted by the faculty in charge, all equipment is to be used for COMM academic use, Mocs News, and independent projects under faculty supervision.
  8. The student needs to honor the specified check in times of equipment. The student will receive a $25 per day late charge for all equipment up to its replacement value.

  9. In the event of an emergency, which may prevent the client from turning in the equipment, contact must be made with either Professor Mike Andrews (, 423-838-4235) or Dr Felicia McGhee (Felicia-McGhee, 423-425-4400).