Undergraduate Catalog

Broadcasting

Interim Chairperson: Dr. William Hoon
Office: Sallee Hall 306
Telephone: (309) 298-2888; Fax: (309) 298-2829
E-mail: WG-Hoon@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/broadcasting

Faculty: Edsall, Evans, Garcia, Hitchcock, Hoon, Murray, Ness, Sadler.

The Department of Broadcasting offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting. Students in Broadcasting study digital audio and video production techniques, including nonlinear 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 see the Centennial Honors College page of the catalog or visit the Centennial Honors College website at wiu.edu/Honors.

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 emphasis): Master of Science in Sport Management. An integrated degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. Please refer to the Graduate Studies catalog for details about the integrated program.

Degree Programs

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 Requirements: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 15 s.h.
    BC 100, 102, 141, 142, 425†
  3. Directed Electives: 25–26 s.h.
    Select one of the three following emphases:
    1. News and Performance: 25–26 s.h.
      1. BC 200, 222, 310 OR 312, 315, 415, 419 OR 431
      2. One from BC 385, 386, 485, 486
      3. 6 s.h. of Broadcasting electives
    2. Production: 25 s.h.
      1. BC 302, 350 or 361, 385, 386, 402, 485, 486, 490
      2. 9 s.h. of Broadcasting electives
    3. Sports Broadcasting: 26 s.h.
      1. BC 136, 246, 256, 312, 326, 426
      2. 8 s.h. of Sports Broadcasting Practica electives
  4. Any Approved Minor: 16–20 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) an intermediate foreign language requirement; 2) a Broadcasting (BC) global issues course; or 3) an approved Study Abroad program.

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

Minors

Minor in Broadcasting: 18 s.h.
  1. BC 100 and 102; BC 141 or 142: 9 s.h.
  2. Choose one course from: BC 200, 350, 361: 3 s.h.
  3. Broadcasting Electives at the 300–400 level: 6 s.h.
Minor in Sports Broadcasting: 18 s.h.

BC 136, 246, 256, 312, 326, 42618 s.h.

Note: This minor is not open to students who are enrolled in the Sports Broadcasting emphasis of the Broadcasting major.

Minor in Film

See Interdisciplinary Studies Minors.

Course Descriptions

BROADCASTING (BC)

Applied Studies (Practica). (1 s.h./semester, repeatable to a maximum of 10 semesters) Instruction in and practical application of sports broadcasting announcing, production, or reporting techniques for various sports. Prerequisites: Written consent of instructor. Enrollment in upper division courses (300 level) requires a grade of C or better in the lower division prerequisite course (200 level) having the same title.

  • 201/301 Football Announcing
  • 203/303 Basketball Announcing
  • 204/304 Soccer Announcing
  • 205/305 Volleyball Announcing
  • 206/306 Baseball Announcing
  • 207/307 Softball Announcing
  • 208/308 Radio Sports Talk
  • 209/309 Board Operations for Sports
  • 211/311 Football Production
  • 213/313 Basketball Production
  • 214/314 Soccer Production
  • 216/316 Volleyball Production
  • 217/317 Baseball Production
  • 218/318 Softball Production
  • 219/319 Interactive Media Sports Production
  • 220/320 Sports Reporting

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

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. Prerequisite: BC 100.

136 Sports, Media and Society. (3) A critical analysis of issues in sports media and the history of sports broadcasting in American culture. Examines the ethics, literature, racial and gender issues, and the business of sports broadcasting.

141 Audio Production I. (3) Introduction to audio production techniques, from simple voice and field recording to multitrack mixdown procedures. Content produced will be suitable for broadcast and internet distribution. Not open to students who have completed BC 250.

142 Video Production I. (3) Introduction to video production techniques including portable camera operation and techniques, and editing certification training on Final Cut Pro. Content produced will be suitable for broadcast and internet distribution. Not open to students who have completed BC 261.

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.

246 Broadcast Sports Writing. (3) Students learn the fundamentals of the broadcast sports writing process for the broadcast media. Includes an overview of the history of broadcast sports writing in American culture. Prerequisite: BC 136.

256 Interactive Web Sportscasting. (3) Examination of and instruction in new media technologies to deliver sports media content. Emphasis on the interactive nature of the online experience as it changes traditional notions of presentation and distribution.

285 Broadcasting Practicum. (1, repeatable to 4) Opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to participate in live multimedia coverage of sporting events, to work at student radio station WIUS-FM, and to assist with Broadcasting Department video productions and other production and operation activities.

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, BC 141 with a grade of C or better, and BC 142 with a grade of C or better.

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 sportsrelated information. Prerequisite: junior standing.

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) (Global Issues) 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.

326 Sports Production I. (3, repeatable to 6) Theory and practice of remote radio and television sports production for volleyball, soccer, and baseball. Prerequisites: ENG 180 and 280.

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/ BC 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. Prerequisites: BC 141 with a grade of C or better and BC 142 with a grade of C or better.

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. Prerequisites: BC 141 with a grade of C or better and BC 142 with a grade of C or better.

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 141 with a grade of C or better and BC 142 with a grade of C or better, 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 141 with a grade of C or better and BC 142 with a grade of C or better, 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/BC 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.

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 major 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 major 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 141 with a grade of C or better and BC 142 with a grade of C or better, or 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. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor.

426 Sports Production II. (3, repeatable to 6) Theory and practice of remote radio and television sports production for football, basketball, softball, and baseball. Students produce and direct coverage of sporting events. Prerequisite: BC 326.

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 315 or 350 or 326; 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 multimediabased 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: BC 315 or 350 or 326; ENG 180 and 280; or permission of 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 315.

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, BC 141 with a grade of C or better, and BC 142 with a grade of C or better; 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 141 with a grade of C or better and BC 142 with a grade of C or better; 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 141 with a grade of C or better and BC 142 with a grade of C or better; 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 350 or 361.

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 onscreen 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.

499 Field Work in Broadcasting. (3) Supervised applied experience in a sports organization or news broadcasting organization. Prerequisites: BC 315 or 350 or 426; ENG 180 and 280; or permission of instructor.