Academics

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Broadcasting

Program Details

Program of Study

The Department of Broadcasting and Journalism offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Sports Broadcasting. The broadcasting curriculum is designed to meet the challenges of media convergence by providing multi-platform production skills to students. Students operate an FM broadcast station, WIUS and produce programming for wiutv3, using state-of-the-art, high-definition television facilities. Graduates of the program enter various careers in television, radio, cable, satellite and post-production operations, including directing, producing, reporting, on-air talent programming, sales, advertising, sports and post-production.

News/Performance

The news/performance track focuses on the preparation of students for careers in front of the camera and/or microphone. The wiutv3 station is the outlet for live, local television newscasts. Students learn to gather news, cover news events, edit news packages and produce and direct half-hour newscasts that reach Macomb and McDonough County viewers. There are opportunities to be reporters and anchors (news, weather and sports), as well as to produce and direct newscasts. WIUS-FM is the music, news and sports outlet on the radio side. On-air shifts are available to all majors every semester. WIUS-FM and wiutv3 are student-run, under the guidance of faculty and staff.

Production

The production track is designed for students interested in working in video, audio and/or film production and post-production. The program is hands-on and students work with faculty and peers in an interactive environment to learn production and editing skills. They also learn camera techniques, post-production special effects, ENG and studio lighting and operating control room and how to use on-air studio equipment. They use those skills to produce audio, video and interactive programming for multiplatform distribution. Video production students will take coursework necessary to qualify for the Final Cut Pro Certification test.

Sports Broadcasting

The Department of Broadcasting and Journalism has a live sports truck with an HD camera set-up to do live sports broadcasts on ESPN3. The productions now reach more than 100 million people nationally and have the look of an ESPN broadcast. This gives students valuable experience in front of and behind the camera, and in the production truck. Audio broadcasts of home games are also carried live on WIUS-FM, where students also produce nightly sports talk shows. Sports Broadcasting students also host and produce the WIU Football Coach’s Show and Inside Leatherneck Athletics, a show profiling WIU athletic teams. Majors prepare to become multimedia sports broadcasters. Students work in front of the camera; behind the microphone and camera; in the production truck and TV studio; and from their laptops, editing, blogging and posting their work.

Award-Winning Program

Broadcasting students have received state and national recognition for their work. This type of acknowledgment is important to employers seeking students who will be productive when they reach the marketplace. At the national level, WIU was nominated two years in a row and won the Best Video Newscast award in the National Broadcasting System (NBS) competition. Our students have also won National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Crystal Pillars and Sports Video Group College Sports Media Awards. In the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) competition, broadcasting students have been recognized as national finalists for several radio awards. In 2015, WIU was awarded Best Radio Newscast and Best Community News. At the state level, WIU had more finalists in 2014 and 2015 in the Students in Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA) competition than any other school in Illinois. Broadcasting students were recognized for Best Hard TV Newscast and Best Soft TV News Program by SINBA in both years. We are proud of our students’ achievements!

Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Program

An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting (Sports Broadcasting option): Master of Science in Sport Management. An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program is available for the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism: Master of Arts in Communication. An integrated degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. View detailed information about the Integrated Baccalaureate in Sports Broadcasting (BA) and Master of Science in Sport Management.

Internships

Students with a 2.5+ grade point average and the prerequisite courses usually apply for broadcast internships in their senior year. Internships provide students with experience in professional broadcast production environments and often lead to continuing employment or provide excellent references and contacts for future employment. Students have completed broadcast internships at the following locations:

Chicago
WGN-TV
Comcast Sports
CBS Radio
WBBM-TV/AM
The Score/ESPN Radio
WMAQ-TV/AM
WLS-TV/AM
Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bears
Fox Sports
Karl Productions
Univision
Harpo Productions/Oprah

Quad Cities
KWQC-TV
WQAD-TV
Fusion
WQPT-TV

Peoria
WHOI-TV
WEEK-TV
WMBD-TV/Radio

Quincy
KHQA-TV
WGEM-TV

Outside Illinois
MTV
VH1
HBO
Dateline NBC
Discovery Channel
Nickelodeon/TV Land
ESPN
NASCAR Images
Comcast Sports
National Public Radio
CNN
St. Louis Rams
NBC Universal

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course descriptions.

Bachelor of Arts—Broadcasting

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting must complete I, II, III, IV, and V below, and the foreign language/global issues requirement for the major#. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 18 s.h.
    BC 102, 142; BC&J 100, 112, 212, 400†
  3. Options of Study (Select A or B): 22 s.h.
    1. Broadcasting
      Select one of the following tracks:
      1. News and Performance
        1. BC 200, 222, 315, 415: 12 s.h.
        2. BC 310 or BC&J 321: 3 s.h.
        3. BC 419 or 431: 3 s.h.
        4. One from BC 385, 386, 485, 486: 1 s.h.
        5. 3 s.h. of Broadcasting electives: 3 s.h.
      2. Production
        1. BC 302, 385, 386, 402, 485, 486; BC&J 450: 13 s.h.
        2. BC 361 or BC&J 312: 3 s.h.
        3. 6 s.h. of Broadcasting electives: 6 s.h.
    2. Sports Broadcasting
      1. BC 246, 256; BC&J 120, 320, 321, 420: 18 s.h.
      2. 4 s.h. of Sports Broadcasting Practica electives: 4 s.h.
  4. Any Approved Minor: 16–21 s.h.
  5. Open Electives: 16–21 s.h.

# The foreign language/global issues graduation requirement may be fulfilled by successfully completing one of the following: 1) a designated foreign language requirement [see Foreign Language/Global Issues Requirement]; 2) a Broadcasting and Journalism (BC&J) global issues course; or 3) an approved Study Abroad program.
† BC&J 400 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline WID graduation requirement.

Contact

Department of Broadcasting and Journalism

Chairperson: Dr. William Hoon
Office: Sallee Hall 306
Telephone: (309) 298-2888
E-mail: WG-Hoon@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/bcj

Department of Broadcasting and Journalism Faculty & Staff

College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC)

Dean: William (Billy) Clow
Associate Dean: Sharon Evans
Office: Browne Hall 115
Telephone: (309) 298-1618
Fax: (309) 298-2695
E-mail: COFAC@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/cofac

Broadcasting students outside Sallee Hall