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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.

Journalism Division Core: 39 hours

  • JOU 1401 - Journalism Forum
  • JOU 2001G - Journalism and Democracy
  • JOU 2101 - News Reporting & Writing
  • JOU 2902 - Copy Editing & Design
  • JOU 2950 - Introduction to Visual Communication
  • JOU 3000 - Advanced Reporting
  • JOU 3002 - Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
  • JOU 3401 - Journalism Practicum
  • JOU 3610 - Broadcast News
  • JOU 3750 - Social Media Engagement
  • JOU 3940 - History of American Journalism
  • JOU 3970 - Race, Gender, and the Media
  • JOU 4401 - Journalism Portfolio
  • JOU 4420 - Communication Law & Ethics
  • JOU 4730 - Journalism Capstone Seminar

Broadcast Journalism Core: 9 hours

  • CMN 2500 - Production I
  • JOU 3620 - Advanced Broadcast News
  • JOU 4000 - Investigative Reporting

Broadcast Journalism Electives: 6 hours

Students may select any JOU prefix course as an elective, except JOU 1000G.

Liberal Arts Coursework: 6 HRS

  • PLS 3603 - State & Local Government
  • Any 3-credit ECN or SOC class


* Curriculum Guide, 2023-2024 (pdf)

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School of Communication and Journalism

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