Think all there is to broadcasting is reporting a story live on air? Broadcast journalism majors learn to use research and investigative skills to conceive, write, edit, and produce news stories for television, radio, and the internet. Politics, the environment, the economy, sports, and entertainment are among the range of topics that broadcast journalists cover locally and nationally. Students are expected to graduate with outstanding writing skills and become great storytellers.
Broadcast journalism majors take many of the same courses journalism majors do, such as history of mass media, ethical issues of journalism, and legal aspects of mass communications. In addition to learning to write clearly and objectively, you'll learn to operate audio, camera, and editing equipment; edit, produce, and direct a broadcast program; and practice on-air delivery techniques.
Whether in front or behind the camera, there are a range of different careers available to broadcast journalism majors. Working as a presenter, reporter, correspondent, or television show host may suit grads who want to work as on-air personalities. Behind the scenes possibilities include producing, editing, writing, and management. Even if you don't choose the traditional broadcasting path, a large bulk of the classes and experience in broadcast journalism will allow you to easily apply your skills to other areas including digital journalism, photojournalism, and newspaper and magazine reporting.