Communications/Broadcasting

Communications – Broadcasting Emphasis
Learn how to examine, interpret, and broadcast news received from various sources and present news stories.

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Education
The course of study leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree and is transferable to liberal arts divisions at senior institutions. In order to meet specific curriculum requirements for transfer, the student should consult the catalog of the university at which he or she plans to complete the bachelor’s degree. Satisfactory completion of this course of study entitles the student to the Associate of Arts degree.

Most employers prefer individuals with a bachelor’s degree in journalism or mass communications, but some hire graduates with other majors. They look for experience at school newspapers or broadcasting stations, and internships with news organizations. Large-city newspapers and stations also may prefer candidates with a degree in a subject-matter specialty such as economics, political science, or business. Some large newspapers and broadcasters may hire only experienced reporters.

What can I expect from a career in Broadcasting?
Radio and television reporters often compose stories and report “live” from the scene. At times, they later tape an introduction to or commentary on their story in the studio. Broadcast journalists investigate leads and news tips, look at documents, observe events at the scene, and interview people. Reporters take notes and also may take photographs or shoot videos. At their office, they organize the material, determine the focus or emphasis, write their stories, and edit accompanying video material. Many reporters enter information or write stories on laptop computers and electronically submit the material to their offices from remote locations.

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