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EIU Journalism

Broadcast Journalism: Bachelor of Arts

Broadcast Journalism students receive a grounding in general journalistic principles, practices, ethics and law, and they receive advanced instruction tailored to the field of broadcast news.

The Broadcast Journalism option prepares students with the specialized skills and training they will need to succeed. Broadcast news skills extend from traditional radio and television media to digital media platforms. Broadcast Journalism students learn how to disseminate news across these platforms to prepare for careers in front of or behind the camera or microphone. Our students report on news, sports and weather, and they learn to think critically, produce creatively, write precisely, process information quickly, interview thoughtfully, manage people, and develop an excellent work ethic.

After graduation

The skills required of a broadcast journalist are the foundation for any job that requires researching, talking to people, asking questions and synthesizing what is learned into a coherent report. You will find our alumni at commercial and public radio and television stations, working in front of and behind the camera or microphone as reporters, producers, announcers, news anchors and sports anchors, covering breaking news and longer investigative pieces. Our alumni have won Emmy and regional broadcasting awards, and some students who work at WEIU-TV’s News Watch have won collegiate Emmy Awards before they have graduated. Besides traditional news jobs, they also work as spokespeople and social media managers for government, corporate and non-profit organizations.

Division Core: 18 hrs

  • JOU 1401 - Journalism Forum
  • JOU 2001G - Journalism and Democracy
  • JOU 2101 - Writing for News Media
  • JOU 3401 - Journalism Practicum
  • JOU 4102 - Journalism Ethics
  • JOU 4401 - Journalism Capstone
  • JOU 4771 - Communication Law

Complete one of the following:

  • JOU 3501 - Principles of Advertising
  • JOU 3953 - Perspectives on Sports and the Media
  • JOU 3970 - Race, Gender, and the Media

Additional Required Courses: 21 HRS

  • CMN 2500 - Production I
  • CMN 3050 - Production II
  • JOU 2950 - Introduction to Visual Communication
  • JOU 3000 - Advanced Reporting
  • JOU 3002 - Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
  • JOU 3610 - Broadcast News
  • JOU 3620 - Advanced Broadcast News

Broadcast Option Electives: 6 HRS

  • CMN 2550 - Audio Production & Voice Work I
  • CMN 3300 - Interviewing
  • JOU 2850 - Sports Media Relations
  • JOU 2901 - Introduction to Copy Editing
  • JOU 3001 - Photojournalism
  • JOU 3102 - Feature Writing
  • JOU 3703 - Online Journalism
  • JOU 3706 - Writing for Sports Media
  • JOU 3800 - Advanced Editing
  • JOU 3955 - Reporting on the Arts
  • JOU 4000 - Investigative Reporting
  • JOU 4001 - Media Management
  • JOU 4275 - Journalism Internship
  • JOU 4750 - Independent Study
  • JOU 4751 - Advanced Photojournalism
  • JOU 4760 - Advanced Publication Design
  • JOU 4761 - Advanced New Media Design
  • JOU 4762 - Interactive Reporting and Design
  • JOU 4770 - News Media Opinion Writing and Editing

Total Journalism Hours: 45 HRS

Journalism majors are required to complete 30 hours in liberal arts and a non-journalism specialty.

Liberal Arts Area (BLOCK A): 18 HRS

The Journalism program is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and the faculty believe strongly in the council’s requirement that Journalism students be exposed to a broad liberal arts background while in school. In consultation with their academic advisors, Journalism majors choose six courses from among a list updated every year. Some courses that satisfy the university’s general education requirement also satisfy Block A requirements.

Non-Journalism Speciality (BLOCK B): 12 HRS

In consultation with their academic advisors, Journalism majors choose a block of upper-division courses that allow students to develop an area of expertise in something besides Journalism. A second major or a non-Journalism minor satisfies this requirement, but students who choose not to have a minor are able to put together an area of specialty that reflects their career interests. Block A and B courses may not overlap.

* Curriculum Guide, 2021-2022 (pdf)

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