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Broadcasting

Chairperson: Dr. Sharon Evans
Office:
Sallee Hall 306
Telephone:
(309) 298-2888
Fax: (309) 298-2829
E-mail: SA-Evans@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/broadcasting

Faculty: Edsall, Evans, Hoon, Murray, Ness, Sadler, Stout.

The Department of Broadcasting offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting.  Students in Broadcasting study digital audio and video production techniques, including non-linear editing, post-production, animation/graphics, and sports. WIUS-FM and wiutv3 give students the opportunity to put into practice learned skills. They also examine the impact of history, law and programming on broadcasting, cable and satellite operations. 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.

GradTrac is available to Broadcasting majors. See more information about GradTrac

Honors Curriculum Academically qualified students in this department are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors .

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts - Broadcasting

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting must complete I, II, III, IV, and V. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 15 s.h.
    BC 100, 101, 102, 323, 425†
  3. Directed Electives:  25 s.h.
    1. Either of the two following Emphases:
      1. News and Performance (19 s.h.)
        BC 200, 222, 310 OR 312, 315, 415, 419 OR 431; One from BC 385, 386, 485, 486
      2. Production (19 s.h.)
        BC 250 OR 261, 302, 350 or 361, 402, 385, 386, 485, 486, 490
    2. Broadcasting Electives (6 s.h.)
  4. Any Approved Minor:  16–20 s.h.
  5. Open Electives:  17-21 s.h.

†BC 425 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

Minors

Minor in Broadcasting:  18 s.h.

  1. BC 100, 101, 102:  9 s.h.
  2. Choose one course from: BC 200, 250, 261:  3 s.h.
  3. Broadcasting Electives at the 300-400 level:  6 s.h. 

Minor in Broadcast and Print Media:  18-19 s.h.

See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors

Minor in Film

See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors

Minor in Fine Arts Technology and Design

See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors

Course Descriptions

BROADCASTING (BC)

100  (formerly BC 121)  Introduction to Broadcasting. (3)  Introduction to the historical, programming, physical, legal, social, and economic aspects of broadcasting and cable.

101  (formerly BC 223)  Introduction to Broadcast Production. (3)  An introduction to basic audio/video production techniques. Students learn skills necessary to perform studio- and remote-camera operation, basic lighting, audio recording, and basic video and audio editing.

102  Introduction to Broadcast Research and Writing. (3)  Course focuses on finding, researching, and presenting material for a variety of media, purposes, and audiences. Includes study of interviewing, writing, and copy editing skills and library use. Prerequisites: BC 100; BC 101 with a grade of C or better.

199  (cross-listed with ARTS/MUS/THEA 199)  Introduction to Arts Technology and Design. (3)  Introductory survey of various arts technologies and practices as applied in art, broadcasting, music, theatre, and dance. Software will cover CAD (drawing, design, drafting), image manipulation, video and audio editing. Lecture/demonstration. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Art, Broadcasting, Music, Musical Theatre, or Theatre. Not open to students with credit in ARTS/MUS/THEA 199.

200  Broadcast Reporting I. (3)  Hands-on instruction in the gathering, writing, and presentation of news and information for television, radio, and online media. Prerequisite: BC 102.

210  Broadcast Media Technology and Design. (3)  Introduction to audio and video technologies and basic design and production techniques. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Broadcasting.

222  Broadcast Performance. (3)  Development of basic radio and television announcing skills. Prerequisite: BC 100.
IAI: MC 918.

232  Film Techniques. (3)  Traditional methods of film production style and digital video production processes will be examined and applied including shooting, lighting, sound, and editing practices.

250  Audio Production I. (3)  Students acquire skills in field and studio audio production using PC-based audio editing software. Disc jockey and live radio techniques, voice tracking, radio automation, and FCC regulations will be covered. Prerequisite: BC 101 with a grade of C or better.

261  Video Production I. (3)  Students acquire skills in field video production using digital video cameras and editing systems. Discussion of project conceptualization, storyboarding, visual composition, sequencing, and storytelling. Prerequisite: BC 101 with a grade of C or better.

290  (cross-listed with ENG 290)  Introduction to Film. (3)  (General Education/Humanities)  Screening and discussion of films from around the world, introducing students to selected traditions, questions of social justice, and methods of interpretation (with laboratory). Not open to students with credit in ENG 290.
IAI: F2 908.

302  Broadcast Research and Writing II. (3)  Examination of story structure, dialogue writing, and character development techniques for broadcast content. Exploration of non-scripted and scripted broadcast writing methods. Prerequisites: BC 102 and BC 250 or 261.

310  Advanced Broadcast Performance. (3)  Continuation of BC 222. Students receive individual coaching on vocal delivery, performance for the camera and microphone, and the problems related to interpretation of various types of broadcast continuity. Prerequisites: BC 200 and 222.

312  Broadcast Sports Performance. (3)  Students receive instruction on play-by-play announcing and on the preparation and extemporaneous discussion of player and team statistics and other appropriate sports-related information. Prerequisites: BC 200 and 222.

315  Broadcast News I. (3)  Students report and shoot video for daily newscasts for campus television and radio outlets. Students are responsible for all stages of news and from identification to final editing of stories. Prerequisites: Junior standing; BC 310 or 312.

323  Broadcasting and Society. (3)  Traces the development of broadcasting as a major cultural form in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through a critical review of historic and contemporary literature. BGS online writing course.

325  Comparative Broadcasting Systems. (3)  Classification and analysis of the structure of international broadcast systems. The role of media in developing nations, as well as CATV, public broadcasting, and satellite communication systems are discussed. BGS online writing course. Prerequisite: junior standing.

328  Mass Media and Minorities. (3)  (General Education/Multicultural Studies)  Examination of relationships between minority groups and mass media. Reviews the portrayals of minorities in the electronic media and discusses effects on our society. BGS online writing course.

333  The Hollywood Studio System: Structure & Process. (3)  Analysis of the American film industry, with an emphasis on the structure of the studio system. Comparison of the historical period with the current corporate structure of the industry. Prerequisite: ENG 290.

350  Audio Production II. (3)  Selected topics of interest in audio production such as, but not limited to, radio/talk production, music program production, internet radio, and other emerging audio technologies. Prerequisite: BC 250.

361  Video Production II. (3)  Selected topics of interest in video production such as, but not limited to, corporate video, animation, documentary, and interactive video production. Prerequisite: BC 261.

385  Production Practicum I. (1)  Guided practicum in audio or video production. Student must apply for and be accepted into a specific practicum experience related to the operation of broadcast services or production of broadcast content. Prerequisites: BC 250 with a grade of C or higher or BC 261 with a grade of C or higher or permission of instructor.

386  Production Practicum II. (1)  Guided practicum in audio or video production. Student must apply for and be accepted into a specific practicum experience related to the operation of broadcast services or production of broadcast content. Prerequisites: BC 250 with a grade of C or higher or BC 261 with a grade of C or higher or permission of instructor.

390  (cross-listed with ENG 390)  Film History. (3)  This course is an historical survey that covers the international history of cinema from its origins to the present. It considers issues including the development of national film industries, national and international film movements, and the social history of film (with laboratory). Not open to students with credit in ENG 390. Prerequisite: ENG 290 or consent of instructor.

394  (cross-listed with ENG 394)  Documentary Film and Video. (3)  History of documentary film and video with focus on the documentary as a medium of communication, information, and interpretation (with laboratory). Not open to students with credit in ENG 394.

399  (cross-listed with ARTS/MUS/THEA 399) Arts Technology and Design Practicum. (1)  Guided practicum in arts technology and design. Student must be accepted into a specific practicum experience related to one area of arts technology and design. Course cannot be counted toward a major in Art, Broadcasting, Music, Musical Theatre, or Theatre. Not open to students with credit in ARTS/MUS/THEA 399.

400  Senior Honors Thesis Research. (3)  Bibliographic and other preliminary work in preparation for a senior honors thesis (see BC 401). Students will produce a final, graded project for this course. This course may not be taken concurrently with BC 401. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; students must be in good standing in the Centennial Honors College and must be second-semester juniors or first-semester seniors majoring in broadcasting.

401  Honors Thesis. (3)  Students will write a senior honors thesis. This course may not be taken concurrently with BC 400. Prerequisites: BC 400; ENG 180 and 280; students must be in good standing in the Centennial Honors College and must be seniors majoring in broadcasting.

402  Advanced Broadcast Writing. (3)  Students will write longer and more complex screenplays. Students will see projects through from idea through revisions to completed scripts. Regular critiques of student writing. Prerequisite: BC 302 with a grade of C or better.

415  Broadcast News II. (3)  Students produce newscasts for radio and television. Students will also act as assignment editors, photographers and reporters, polishing skills learned in BC 315. Prerequisites: Senior standing; BC 315 with a grade of C or better.

418  Independent Research in Communication. (1 6, repeatable to 6)  Individual reading or research under supervision of the faculty. Open to juniors and seniors who have demonstrated competence in broadcasting, communication, rhetoric, public address, or the speech-language-hearing sciences. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; consent of instructor and department chairperson.

419  Online Writing, Design and Production. (3)  Classroom instruction and supervised individual coaching in the gathering, writing, design, and multimedia presentation of news and information. Students synthesize material from other broadcasting classes and generate original material. Prerequisites: Senior standing; BC 415.

420  Television Graphics. (3)  Students design computer graphics and animation. Projects include news anchor boxes, graphic backgrounds, and animated feature introductions. Prerequisites: BC 261 or special permission of instructor; ENG 180 and 280.

425  Broadcast/Cable Law and Ethics. (3)  Laws covering the broadcast/cable industry in America from the Communication Act of 1934 to the present. Ethical considerations faced by broadcasters and cablecasters. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) course. Prerequisites: BC 321, 323; ENG 180 and 280; senior standing; or permission of instructor.

426  Radio and TV Sports Production. (1–3, repeatable to 6)  Theory and practice of remote radio and television sports production and editing techniques. Prerequisites: BC 100, 101, 102, and either 250 or 261; ENG 180 and 280.

429  Broadcast Internship. (3)  Senior practicum at a selected professional broadcast production center for a semester. In addition to a prescribed work schedule, the intern must submit regular station activity reports. Prerequisites: BC 100, 101, 102, and 200 or 250 or 261; ENG 180 and 280; permission of internship coordinator; 2.50 GPA. Graded S/U only.

430  Multimedia Design for Mass Media. (3)  A study of the theory and practical application of multimedia-based journalism using digitized video, audio, text, computer graphics, and interactivity. Emphasis on broadcast communication and communication design principles using software for composing multimedia portfolios. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280; BC 200, BC 250 OR 261, or consent of the instructor. An understanding of Adobe PhotoShop recommended.

431  Special News/Sports Projects. (3)  Classroom instruction and supervised individual coaching in the gathering and writing of news documentaries and sports programming. Prerequisites: Senior standing; BC 415.

480  Special Topics in Media Communications. (3, repeatable for different subtitles to 6)  This course deals with selected topics of interest in broadcasting and media communication such as but not limited to radio, television and film criticism, broadcast history, mass communication theory and effects, and popular culture. Prerequisites: BC 100 and 323; ENG 180 and 280.

485  Production Practicum III. (1)  Guided practicum in audio or video production. Student must apply for and be accepted into a specific practicum experience related to the operation of broadcast services or production of broadcast content. Prerequisites: BC 250 with a grade of C or higher or BC 261 with a grade of C or higher or permission of instructor.

486  Production Practicum IV. (1)  Guided practicum in audio or video production. Student must apply for and be accepted into a specific practicum experience related to the operation of broadcast services for production of broadcast content. Prerequisites: BC 250 with a grade of C or higher or BC 261 with a grade of C or higher or permission of instructor.

490  Senior Workshop in Production. (3)  Capstone course in which production emphasis majors create their own audio or video programs using journalistic, art and entertainment forms found in news, drama, narration and comedy. Students may perform published work or write their own. Prerequisites: Senior standing; BC 250 with a grade of C or higher or BC 261 with a grade of C or higher.

494  (cross-listed with ENG 494 and WS 494)  Women and Film/Television. (3)  An overview of women in film and television that considers the on-screen images of women as well as the positions of women working behind the scenes (with laboratory). Not open to students with credit for ENG 494 or WS 494. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

496  (cross-listed with ENG 496)  Topics in Film. (3)  Study of major subjects and themes in film. Topics vary but may include intensive study of directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini, or artistic movements such as Italian Neorealism, French New-Wave, Contemporary Spanish Cinema, or Russian Formalism. Not open to students with credit in ENG 496. Prerequisites: ENG/BC 290, ENG/BC 390, and 6 s.h. in approved film minor electives, or permission of instructor.