Online Broadcast Journalism Courses and Classes

Online courses in broadcast journalism are offered at several colleges and universities. These courses are typically part of bachelor's or master's programs geared towards students pursuing careers in television and radio.

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Online Courses in Broadcast Journalism

The following descriptions summarize some broadcast journalism courses commonly found online.

  • Introductory Journalism Course: Usually offered at the beginning of a bachelor's or master's program, this course provides an overview of journalism as a profession and its history. Future journalists will learn the craft's past, present and future practices and traditions.
  • News Writing and Reporting Course: Distance learners will receive instruction on how to search for stories, gather sources and write a news story. This course, which usually falls towards the beginning of a bachelor's or master's program, arms the next generation of reporters with the basic framework of how to create a piece of news.
  • Ethics in Journalism Course: Normally presented towards the intermediate point of a bachelor's or master's program, students learn professional and ethical behavior in the field of journalism. Future broadcasters will come to understand the boundaries that shouldn't be crossed by journalists when reporting news or cultivating sources.
  • Internet Journalism Course: Online students will examine how technology has impacted the news industry and how it is presented. Students will learn how to use the Internet to enhance the presentation of news stories.
  • Broadcast News Course: In this class, typically offered towards the end of a bachelor's or master's program, students receive basic instruction on news production and presentation. Aspiring journalists gain experience on how to produce and present news in a clear, eloquent and efficient manner.
  • News Literacy Course: In this course, students will learn how to think critically and analytically about modern news sources. Students will read, discuss and complete written assignments fact-checking and dissecting top news stories. The course will cover topics such as objectivity in broadcasting, bias and fairness.
  • Writing for Public Relations Course: This course will teach students the importance of evaluating information. Students learn techniques for writing press releases, speeches, interviews, news briefs, essays, and more.
  • Magazine Writing Course: Students in this course will learn the differences between writing for a magazine versus a newspaper with regard to subjectivity. Research and writing skills will be emphasized, and students typically read numerous works from magazines to analyze published examples.

Program Information

Although fully online programs in broadcast journalism aren't common, a number of schools offer hybrid programs requiring some on-campus attendance. Online broadcast journalism courses presented at the bachelor's degree level may be part of programs that lead to a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications or a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting. Students taking online master's level broadcast journalism courses may earn a Master of Arts in Broadcast News or a Master of Arts in Communication. In addition to coursework, students may also need to complete an internship and major project. Certificate programs are also available.

Broadcast journalism can be studied online through undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Courses also exist through online certificates. Coursework in these programs will cover magazine writing, news literacy, and ethics in journalism, among other areas of study.

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