Broadcast journalism is offered either as a major field of study or as an area of concentration within broader journalism degree programs. These programs are often available at the undergraduate degree level, although some institutions also have graduate programs in the field.
Schools with Broadcast Journalism
Several public and private universities across the U.S. offer broadcast journalism programs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$15,054 (In-state), $30,214 (Out-of-state)|
|University of North Texas||Denton, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,730 (In-state), $19,090 (Out-of-state)|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,622 (In-state), $29,832 (Out-of-state)|
|Boston University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Master's||$48,436|
|University of South Carolina-Columbia||Columbia, SC||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,482 (In-state), $30,298 (Out-of-state)|
|University of Oklahoma Norman Campus||Norman, OK||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,090 (In-state), $23,476 (Out-of-state)|
|University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Lincoln, NE||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$8,367 (In-state), $22,534 (Out-of-state)|
Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics
College Selection Criteria
Broadcast journalism includes both on-air and behind-the-scenes careers at radio and television stations. Programs in the field offer core courses and often a variety of elective options, so it's important to consider the following when making an education decision:
- Career options within the field of broadcast journalism include reporters, news anchors, deejays, and sportscasters. Behind-the-scenes occupations include camera operators, control engineers, station managers, and advertising sales agents. Students should make sure a school's program offers courses and/or learning opportunities that are directly related to their specific career interests.
- Colleges with on-campus television or radio stations give students a chance to gain hands-on experience that could be helpful in finding employment after graduation.
- Many programs are near professional stations, which could provide internship opportunities or else better employment chances after graduation.
- Ph.D. programs focus specifically on research; prospective graduate students who want to prepare for academic careers rather than news media industry jobs may choose one of these programs over professional graduate programs.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate of Arts (AA) in Journalism or Communication programs at two-year schools may allow students to choose a formal concentration in broadcast journalism. Most of these programs are intended to prepare students for eventual transfer into bachelor's-level broadcast journalism programs, so they cover basic media topics and require students to take general education courses. Students may also build a portfolio of work that they can use to demonstrate their skills to potential employers or admissions officers at four-year schools.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
At the bachelor's degree level, broadcast journalism is usually offered as a concentration option within a journalism program, though there are a few schools with specific majors in the field. These programs cover a wide range of topics related to media production, including reporting, equipment use, newsroom management and the history of journalism. Possible awards include a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism.
Master's Degree Programs
As in associate's and bachelor's degree programs, broadcast journalism is most commonly provided as a concentration option for students in master's degree programs. Some master's-level programs can be completed in about a year, while others require two years of full-time study. They might also include off-campus internships at radio and/or TV stations.
Doctoral Degree Programs
There are only a few doctoral degree programs in journalism in the United States, but it is possible to earn a Ph.D. in the field. These programs are ideal for students who want to conduct advanced research on subjects related to broadcast journalism. They culminate in a written dissertation and oral defense.
Students who would like to pursue a career in broadcast journalism could choose from a number of private and public schools offering broadcast journalism majors or journalism degrees with a concentration in broadcasting. When deciding on a program, students should consider factors like hands-on experience and internship opportunities that are available at colleges and universities.