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News and Performance

  1. University General Education Curriculum: 43 s.h.
  2. Core Courses: 15 s.h.
    BC 100, 102, 141, 142, 425†
  3. Directed Electives: 25 s.h.
    1. News and Performance
      BC 200, 222, 310 OR 312, 315, 415, 419 OR 431; One from BC 385, 386, 485, 486
  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.

Core Classes

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. Prerequisites: BC 100.

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.

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.

News and Preformance

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.