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.
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.
Complete one of the following:
Journalism majors are required to complete 30 hours in liberal arts and a non-journalism specialty.
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.
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.