Broadcasting - Production"Western Illinois University's Department of Broadcasting provides its students with the curriculum, the professors, the studios, and equipment to teach them advanced skills while challenging their creativity."
-- Jimmy Kusyk, 1976, Technical Supervisor, "Deadliest Catch," Alaska. The Department of Broadcasting offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting. Students in Broadcasting study curriculum 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 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.
Production TrackThe Production Track is designed for students interested in working in video, audio, and/or film production and post-production. The program is hands-on. You will work with faculty and peers in an interactive environment to learn production and editing skills. You will also learn camera techniques, postproduction special effects, ENG and studio lighting, and operating control room and on-air studio equipment. Then you will take those skills and produce audio, video, and interactive programming for multi-platform distribution. Video production students will take coursework necessary to qualify for the Final Cut Pro certification test.
Why Choose Broadcasting Production at WIU?The Department of Broadcasting is an 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. In 2014, WIU took home the "Best Video Newscast" award from the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) competition, beating out the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma. We had 13 students named as finalists in the Students in Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA) competition, which was the most of any school in Illinois. WIU won the "Best Video Newscast" and "Best Soft TV News Program" awards. In the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) competition, Broadcasting students were recognized as national finalists for four college radio awards. NATAS also bestowed Honorable Mention awards to our students for "TV Newscast" and "General Assignment-Serious News" and our sports productions received recognition in the Sport Video Group's "College Sports Media Awards." Students majoring in Broadcasting have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in HD facilities from freshmen year to graduation. Our production classes are small with an average class size of 10. The department is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to our students. The department has an excellent internship program that provides students with learning opportunities in professional broadcast settings around the world. Our alumni work in varied fields of broadcast, cable, satellite, advertising, and post-production.
Some of Our Graduates
- Tim Abshire, 1992, Director, E-Trade Baby Spot, Fatherhood, New York
- Mark Baden, 1992, Chief Meteorologist, WISN-TV, Milwaukee
- Chad Douglas, 1997, Morning Co-Host, KHQA-TV, Quincy, IL
- Jonathan Haas, 2000, Video Journalist, Bay News 9, Tampa, FL
- Mike Irvine, 2004, Host, Impossible Shots, Outdoor Channel, Nashville, TN
- Matt Thiel, 2004, Host, KSTT Coast 101.3FM, San Luis Obispo, CA
- Brian Tully, 2006, Producer and Designer, Fox, New York
- Denise Hnytka, 2006, News Anchor/Reporter WQAD-TV, Quad Cities
- Bryan Moore, 2006, Sports Information Director, Eureka College, IL
- Erik Arendt , 2007, News Photojournalist/Editor, WGN-TV, Chicago, IL