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Broadcast Production

What Can I Do With A Major In Broadcast Production?

The mission statement of The University of Montana School of Journalism includes providing students with professional training in 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 production option. Keys to broadcast production success include the ability to photograph, practice non-linear video editing and advanced audio techniques, to direct in a studio control room, understanding of studio and field lighting techniques. The student’s junior and senior years will consist of a strong boot camp of electronic photojournalism, non-linear video editing, directing, technical directing. Field work is 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, and media, and multicultural reporting. An internship on radio or television station, at a television production house, or in a related field is required to prepare the student for the rigorous demands of broadcast production.

A Sample of Related Occupations

  • Photographer for Television Station or Production House
  • Television or Radio Technician
  • Producer for Web Site
  • Researcher
  • Radio and Television Ancillary Positions
  • Corporate Communication