Online Sports Broadcasting Schools and Colleges: How to Choose

There are a number of online degree programs that offer students preparation for a career in sports broadcasting at the certificate, associate and bachelor's level. Online education is available at various colleges and universities.

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When looking into being trained in sports broadcasting online, there is a lot to consider, such as program of study and how hands-on a program is. Fully online programs in this field do exist, but students should make sure they find internships to augment their education and stay competitive in this field.

How to Select an Online Sports Broadcasting School

About 50% of a degree in broadcasting consists of gaining hand-on knowledge of broadcasting programs and protocols. Because of the wide range of media specializations in the field, students should consider their career and educational objectives, as well as program delivery and internships.

Area of Focus

Since there are no undergraduate or graduate degrees devoted specifically to the field of sports broadcasting, students interested in the field should consider a degree in broadcast technology, television or radio.

Internships

It's in the students' best interest to supplement online education though internships and professional hands-on experience. Internships or campus studios give students the opportunity to abilities get acquainted with the necessary tools as well as work time for final pieces for their sport broadcasting portfolio.

Program Delivery

Full online immersion programs offer complete training though video-based lectures, streaming media and online courses and typically do not require students to attend classes on campus. This program option is recommended to returning students and working professionals who are looking to improve their knowledge and brush up on their skills but who are familiar with video and radio broadcast equipment and programs.

A number of colleges and universities provide low-residency (hybrid) programs, which require students to spend part of their time on campus. Students who have had no prior exposure to audio editing equipment, video editing software or recording tools would benefit from extra hands-on instruction offered in hybrid programs where they can supplement online courses with hands-on experience on the campus video or radio editing stations.

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List of Common Online Programs in Broadcasting

Online Associate of Applied Science in Telecommunications - Broadcasting

This 2-year program focuses on broadcasting for the Internet, television and other media. Many of the core courses can be taken online. Workshop and editing courses, as well as individual projects, may require the use of an on-campus studio with up-to-date equipment. Students graduate with a portfolio and skills in:

  • Lighting
  • Media and society
  • Electronic production
  • Video editing and post-production

Online Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting & Mass Communication

Online bachelor's degree programs include general education classes such as math, speech and general social science and humanities. Students select a concentration in one area of broadcasting and mass communication such as radio, Internet, journalism or television broadcasting. Juniors and seniors work on developing a portfolio of work by writing a script or news story or by developing a radio or television feature. Courses for the major include:

  • Digital and media literacy
  • Public relations journalism
  • News reporting and writing
  • Journalism and politics
  • Video and sound editing

Online Certificate in Broadcasting Technology

A professional online certificate in broadcasting technology is available at the post-baccalaureate level. The program introduces students interested in broadcasting to essential theories, ethics and practices employed by broadcast professionals. Students follow online tutorials and video lectures and participate in online exchange with their instructors. A typical program lasts from 6 months to a year, and many programs require students to complete an internship in their chosen trade before the can graduate from the program. Students in the program are only required to take courses that focus on the essentials of the trade, such as:

  • Principles of audio production
  • Broadcast writing
  • Station administration
  • Mass communication
  • Basic and advanced editing

Schools with Online Programs in Sports Broadcasting.

Since no degree programs specifically in sports broadcasting exist, students should seek online degrees or certificates in broadcasting and mass communication or broadcasting technology, or find a telecommunications program with a broadcasting focus.

For example, you can pursue a bachelor's degree in broadcasting fully online from Oswego State University of New York. You must have an associate's degree in a related field, such as radio/TV or mass communications, in order to apply. Pace University's NACTEL program offers an online associate of science degree in applied information technology in telecommunications. The program requires 64 credits in order to graduate, and the degree can be fully transferred to the university's accelerated bachelor's degree program in the same field. Cleveland Institute of Electronics has a distance education diploma program in broadcast engineering, providing students with the credentials they need to earn two trade certifications. This program prepares students for careers as broadcast engineering technicians in radio and television.

If you're looking into sports broadcasting and want to attend school fully online, you will have to find a program related to broadcasting rather than one specifically about sports. During your program, whether you're getting a bachelor's or associate's or simply a certification, be sure to seek out an internship to add to your resume.

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