Broadcasting and Journalism



The department of Broadcasting and Journalism offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting. The News/Performance Track focuses on the preparation of students for careers in front of the camera and/or microphone. The Production Track is designed for students interested in working in video, audio, and/or film production and post-production. The Sports Broadcasting option is for students who live and breathe sports. Students in the Sports Broadcasting emphasis prepare to become multimedia sports broadcasters.

Our department provides learning opportunities for our students to grow and succeed. We produce a live TV newscast during the week that airs on our local cable channel and is available via YouTube stream. Each semester we have tryouts for news, sports, and weather positions. Students report, shoot, and edit their stories while other students produce and direct the newscast. We have our own FM radio station, WIUS-FM 88.3, also known as "The Dog". New students are welcome to have their own radio show or be part of a show.

For sports, our students also produced over 150 events last year either for television or radio broadcast. Our truck productions air live on ESPN3!  We have a TV production truck with HD JVC cameras and fiber optic cables.  This setup allows our students to use up to six cameras to broadcast live at football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, softball, track, and baseball games during the year. The truck has a new Ross Carbonite switcher, four-camera replay system, and Xpression graphics. Our students do everything for the production-work cameras, produce graphics, run replay, announce, and direct the broadcasts.   Students also host and produce the "WIU Football Coach’s Show", and "Inside Leatherneck Athletics", a show profiling WIU athletic teams.