Broadcasting and Journalism

Broadcast Production

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 15 s.h.
    BC&J 100, 101, 200, 201, 400†
  3. Option Courses: 21 s.h.
    1. BC&J 112, 212, 311, 312, 331, 410, 450
    2. 3 s.h. of Directed Elective. Any BC&J 300- or 400-level elective course
    3. Any Approved Minor: 16–20 s.h.
    4. Open Electives: 17-22 s.h.

    †BC&J 400 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.

Core Classes

BC&J 100 Introduction to Mass Communication. (3)  

Introduction to the historical, programming, physical, legal, social, and economic aspects of the mass media.

BC&J 101 Digital Media Production I. (3)  

Introduction to digital media production including electronic field production (EFP) and studio camera theory and operation, and editing with an industry-relevant nonlinear digital editing platform. Not open to students who have completed BC 261.

BC&J 200 Introduction to AP Writing and Reporting. (3)

Foundation course in gathering and writing news according to Associated Press style guidelines. Exercises in the assessment of newsworthiness in the coverage of local and regional events. IAI: MC 919.

BC&J 201 Introduction to Broadcast Writing and Reporting. (3)  

Foundation course in the gathering, writing, and presentation of news for the traditional broadcast and modern electronic media.

BC&J 400 (Formerly BC 425) Mass Communication Law and Ethics. (3)  

Legal rights and constraints on the mass media. Topics include prior restraint, source protection, libel, privacy invasion, indecency and the safe harbor, and other legal and ethical issues. Includes print, broadcast, satellite/cable, and web-based mass media. Not open to students with credit in BC 425 or JOUR 417. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisite: Upper division standing or permission of instructor.

Broadcast Production

BC&J 112 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.

BC&J 212 Introduction to Studio Production. (3)  

Introduction to studio-based, live and live-to-tape television production. Students acquire creative and technical skills and learn how to work as a production team. Course will prepare students for internships and careers in studio production. Prerequisite: BC&J 100, or permission of instructor.

BC&J 311 Digital Media Production II. (3)  

Selected topics of interest in digital media production such as, but not limited to, corporate video, animation, documentary, and interactive media content production. Prerequisite: BC&J 101 and 112 with grades of C or better.

BC&J 312 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&J 101 and 112 with grades of C or better.

BC&J 331 Multimedia News Reporting. (3)  

Production of self-contained news stories for the BC&J department's newscasts and on the department website and student radio station. Students are responsible for all aspects of production, from identification of the story and reporting performance to final editing. Prerequisite: junior standing; BC&J 101 with a grade of C or better; BC&J 201.

BC&J 410 Digital Media Graphics. (3)  

Students design computer graphics and animation. Projects include news anchor boxes, graphic backgrounds, and animated feature introductions. Prerequisite: BC&J 101 and 112 with grades of C or better, or permission of instructor; ENG 180 and 280.

BC&J 450 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. Prerequisite: Senior standing; BC&J 311 or 312.