Broadcasting is a varied field that includes careers both in front of the camera in broadcast journalism and behind the scenes in broadcasting technology. Education programs for this field can be found as degree or certificate programs in broadcasting, journalism, media production, and television production. Some programs related to broadcasting allow students to gain hands-on experience through internships or other fieldwork experiences. A capstone or final project may be required.
The state of Florida has many schools that offer programs in these fields. Ten of the largest schools are profiled below.
City College - Fort Lauderdale
City College, located on Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, is a private, 2-year institution. Those interested in broadcasting can enroll in the Associate of Science in Broadcasting program, which trains students to work as announcers, news reporters, radio or TV reporters, or videotape editors. Students take courses in areas such as voice and diction, advertising and sales, and broadcast journalism. Students also have the opportunity to intern at TV or radio stations in the local area.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
FAMU is a midsized school located in the capital city of Tallahassee. Its Division of Journalism offers a bachelor's degree program in journalism with three concentration options, including one in broadcast journalism. Broadcasting courses cover topics in TV news and reporting, radio news, media ethics, broadcast announcing, and newswriting. All journalism students must complete and present a capstone project during their final semester.
Florida International University
Florida International University is a public, 4-year college in Miami with a student enrollment of over 44,000 students. Individuals interested in broadcasting may consider the Bachelor of Science in Communication program, which has a journalism track. Students in the broadcast track focus on broadcast news reporting, media management, and electronic newsgathering. They also study the basics of videography. Students can also complete a journalism internship.
Hillsborough Community College
Hillsborough Community College is located in Tampa. This large, 2-year college serves more than 28,000 students per year. Those aspiring to work in the broadcast field can explore the school's digital television and media production programs. Students can earn either an Associate in Science or an Associate in Applied Science degree. Both degree types require a minimum of 64 credits, and some of the courses students in either program can take include broadcasting fundamentals, broadcast news, and broadcasting techniques. Students also complete two radio or television internships.
Miami Dade College
Miami Dade College is situated in the city of Miami and offers an Associate in Science in Radio and TV broadcasting program. Required major courses cover electronic media writing, studio TV production, and television directing. The program also offers elective courses in television and radio announcing and advanced video postproduction.
Pinellas Technical Education Center - St. Petersburg
Pinellas Technical Education Center in St. Petersburg has an enrollment of over 1,400. The school offers a number of certificate programs, including one in digital video production that prepares students for a behind-the-scenes career in broadcasting. This program can be completed in 18 months, and students take courses in production assisting, video editing, and broadcast technology.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida is a large public college located in the city of Orlando. For students interested in the broadcasting field, the university offers a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television degree program with specializations in broadcast journalism, general broadcasting, and production. Those who select broadcast journalism study video production and editing, electronic journalism, and television news. General broadcasting students focus on radio production and programming, broadcast announcing, and new media technologies. The production track offers courses such as audio production, webcasting, and studio production. Radio and television majors also need to complete a minor outside the Nicholson School of Communication.
University of Florida
Gainesville's University of Florida is a large, public research institution that enrolls over 49,000 students annually. Students interested in broadcasting can enroll in the College of Journalism and Communications' Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications program. The program offers several tracks, including tracks in management, news, and production. Telecommunication production students study subjects like problems and ethics in telecommunication, writing for electronic media, and electronic field production. Students in the news track take classes related to broadcast reporting and producing, while those in the management track learn about the sales and programming side of the broadcast industry. Students need to complete 124 credits to earn the Bachelor of Science degree. The school also offers a Master of Arts in Mass Communication program in journalism and telecommunication.
University of Miami
Home to more than 16,000 students annually, the University of Miami is a public, research institution located in Coral Gables, Florida. The Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism program is hosted through the School of Communication's Department of Journalism and Media Management. Students are only accepted in their sophomore years after completing required coursework with at least a 2.5 GPA. Once enrolled, journalism majors complete classes in mass media communication, news ethics, and electronic media fundamentals. Students can study the art and technique of gathering, analyzing, and reporting news through participating in didactic classroom lectures and the school's half-hour newscast. There is also a Master of Arts in Journalism program available where students can choose to focus their studies in broadcast journalism. Graduate students also have the option to further specialize their program in a specific area of broadcasting, such as sports reporting.
William T. McFatter Technical Center
The William T. McFatter Technical Center is located in the city of Davie. Broadcasting students can explore the center's Television Production Certificate program, which includes courses in lighting, audio, and editing. Program graduates can pursue entry-level positions in the television industry, and they may qualify for the Adobe Certified Associate for Adobe Photoshop Certificate. The program can be completed in 1,650 hours.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Broadcasting Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|City College - Fort Lauderdale||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsized city||Associate of Science in Broadcasting||$14,539*|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||4-year, public; midsized city||Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a concentration in broadcast journalism||$5,785 in-state; $17,725 out-of-state*|
|Florida International University||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Communication - journalism track||$6,556 in-district; $6,546 in-state; $18,954 out-of-state*|
|Hillsborough Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate's Degree in Digital Television and Media Production||$2,506 in-state; $9,111 out-of-state*|
|Miami Dade College||4-year, public (primarily associate's); large city||Associate in Science in Radio and Television Broadcast Programming||$2,838 in-state; $9,661 out-of-state*|
|Pinellas Technical Education Center - St. Petersburg||2-year, public; midsized city||Digital Video Production Certificate||$no data found**|
|University of Central Florida||4-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television||$6,368 in-state; $22,467 out-of-state*|
|University of Florida||4-year, public; midsized city|| Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications,
Master of Arts in Mass Communication in Telecommunication
|$6,381 in-state; $28,659 out-of-state (undergraduate); $12,737 in-state; $29,302 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|University of Miami||4-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism,
Master of Arts in Journalism
|$50,226 (undergraduate); $37,624 (graduate)*|
|William T. McFatter Technical Center||2-year, public; large suburb||Television Production Certificate||$3,360 in-state; $13,440 out-of-state***|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Pinellas Technical College, ***McFatter Technical College.