Academics

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.

Broadcasting Major and Minor.The Department of Broadcasting offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting. Students in Broadcasting study digital/high definition (HD) audio and video production techniques, including non-linear editing, post-production, animation/graphics, news writing, and sports production. WIUS-FM and wiutv3 give students the opportunity to put into practice learned skills. Graduates of the Broadcasting program enter various careers in television, radio, cable, satellite, post-production operations, sports, and on-air including directing, producing, reporting, on-air talent, sports production, sales, advertising, and post-production.

Production Track

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. 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?

Broadcasting majors have a long tradition of winning awards at the state, regional, and national levels.

  • Students majoring in broadcasting have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in state-of-the art audio and video production facilities from freshman year to graduation.
  • Production classes are small with an average class size of 10.
  • The Department of Broadcasting is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to our students.
  • Students also have the unique opportunity to work in live sports production, in radio, television, and on the web.

The Broadcasting 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
  • Denise Hnytka, 2006, News Anchor/Reporter WQAD-TV, Quad Cities
  • Chad Douglas, 1997, Morning Co-Host, KHQA-TV, Quincy, IL
  • Mark Baden, 1992, Chief Meteorologist, WISN-TV, Milwaukee
  • Pati Darak, 1989, Meteorologist, News14, Raleigh, NC
  • Eric Frey, 2004, Seminoles Productions, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Brian Tully, 2006, Producer and Designer, Fox, New York
  • Tim Abshire, 1992, Director, E-Trade Baby Spot, Fatherhood, New York
  • Mike Irvine, 2004, Host, Impossible Shots, Outdoor Channel, Nashville, TN
  • Bryan Moore, 2006, Sports Information Director, Eureka College, IL
  • Cara DeMarlie, 2010, Promotions Director, Clear Channel Communications, Inc.

 

At A Glance

  • Degrees Available:
    • B.A.
  • Major: Yes
  • Minor: Yes
  • Graduate Degree: No
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities:
    • GradTrac
    • Honors

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