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Broadcast Journalism

What Can I Do With A Major In Broadcast Journalism?

The mission statement of The University of Montana School of Journalism includes providing students with professional training in reporting, broadcasting and photojournalism. In addition, the school’s mission is to teach students to think, perceive and analyze effectively, to identify comparisons and contrasts, and to form a perspective on the human condition; to help students understand problems, trends and developments of the news media and their role in society; and to inspire students to use their talents to improve journalism and its role in a democratic society.

Near the conclusion of a two-year pre-professional program in which students take introductory courses in the mass media, basic radio and television techniques, and beginning reporting, students apply for admission to the School of Journalism’s professional program with broadcast news option. Keys to broadcast journalism success are the ability to report, write, edit, and produce radio and television news, and a strong love for and understanding of current events. The student’s junior and senior years will consist of a strong boot camp of writing, reporting, producing and basic electronic photojournalism, tightly focused on storytelling in its strictest sense. Additional requirements include: a rigorous media law class and senior seminar, plus elective topics like newscast producing, the Student Documentary Unit, reporting for the World Wide Web, broadcast programming, KBGA reporting, sports and media, and multicultural reporting. An internship on radio or television station or in a related field is required to prepare the student for the rigorous demands of broadcast journalism.

A Sample of Related Occupations

  • Voice-Over Specialist
  • Corporate Communication