Sports broadcasting is a competitive field that requires participants to have specialized journalism training coupled with a strong knowledge of the sports world. Several schools and colleges offer sports broadcasting coursework for journalism students, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Webster University, both described below.
1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|School Highlight: The College of Media at the U of I is one of just 109 schools accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).|
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a large research institution, was ranked tied for #42 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report in 2015. Urbana-Champaign is one of three campuses that make up the larger University of Illinois. Within the College of Media, the Journalism Department offers a bachelor's program with a broadcast journalism sequence that covers television, radio and multimedia reporting. Students have the opportunity to take elective courses in sports reporting as well.
2. Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri
|School Highlight: Students who pursue Webster's sports journalism certificate will hands-on training in the field.|
Webster University includes over 100 U.S. and worldwide campuses. U.S. News & World Report listed Webster University tied fo #26 on its Best College list for Midwest regional universities. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Within Webster's School of Communications, students can pursue a broadcast and digital journalism degree. They study production techniques, broadcast reporting and on-air appearance performance. They can also choose to complete a specific sports broadcasting course. This program focuses on professional development and can include an internship.
Top Sports Broadcasting Programs
|Ball State University||Earned awards for top digital sports media program from the Sports Video Group||Muncie, IN|
|Columbia College Chicago||Multimedia journalism majors can specialize in broadcasting and participate in internships and the student-run television and radio programs||Chicago, IL|
|Hofstra University||Hofstra's radio station, WHRU, is ranked No. 1 by Princeton Review and is the only college station to be the flagship station for a professional sports team (the New York Islanders)||Hempstead, NY|
|Indiana University||The Department of Kinesiology joins with the Department of Telecommunications and the School of Journalism to offer a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (BSK) with a sport communication-broadcast specialization||Bloomington, IN|
|University of Georgia||The school is home to the John Huland Carmical Distinguished Professor in Sports Journalism and Society||Athens, GA|
|University of North Texas||Students in the Converged Broadcast Media bachelor's degree program have access to sports broadcast electives and award-winning student cable television and radio stations||Denton, TX|