Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Broadcast Journalism
- Think, write & produce across electronic & print news universe
- Variety of journalism platforms
- Internships, independent studies, professional & student-based organizations
- Broadcast Journalism majors participate in a weekly newscast, which is broadcast to over 150,000 homes on the Comcast Network
Our Broadcast Journalism program will teach you how to think, write and produce across the electronic and print news universe. You'll learn how to create and edit stories for television and radio news programs, social media sites, web-based publications (e.g., blogs) and for the traditional print media. While you'll explore ethics, writing and other core journalistic principles, you'll also be introduced to new technologies and techniques that are revolutionizing the way we receive, create and exchange news. As part of this process, you'll learn about documentaries, community-based news reporting, audience analysis, research, strategic planning and how to use cameras, ranging from cell phones to professional systems, to produce a story. You'll be prepared for a career in journalism and related fields and will benefit from hands-on training in our computer labs, media production suites, television station, award winning radio station and on the University's newspaper, The Wood Word.
The department also offers students a number of opportunities to enhance their education. These include professional internships, independent studies, and membership in professional and student-based organizations.
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WOOD WORD: Marywood's student newspaper.
WVMW-FM: On-air stereo radio station licensed by the FCC; studio for interview programs equipped with PC-based music system and a digital delay for talk shows. A student staff manages and operates the station's daily broadcasting schedule with a coverage area that encompasses northeastern Pennsylvania; affiliated with the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.
TV MARYWOOD: Digital facilities with full audio and video production capabilities, electronic field, graphics, and post-production facilities. Students have ready access to computer-based audio labs, nonlinear editors, and a comprehensive television control room and studio. Professional audio and lighting kits complement sophisticated digital field production systems. Student management and operational staff direct live and taped programming via regional facilities of Adelphia Cable; programming may also be produced for internal and external clients.
MARYWOOD THEATRE: 1100-seat, professionally equipped auditorium with sophisticated lighting control system; supports the production of classical, contemporary, musical, and children's theatre.
BLACK BOX THEATRE: Laboratory theatre with flexible staging; designed for student directed productions and to support experimental theatre.
MULTIMEDIA THEATRE: Audio-video facility for public presentations involving cinema, slides, audio and video recordings, and computer-based media.
After stints with DreamWorks Animation and DisneyToon Studios, I'm helping launch a new independent studio's first animated feature film.
I graduated in 2003 and immediately moved to Los Angeles with my wife to break into the movie business (she's an MU graduate as well). I found my way to DreamWorks Animation. For nine great years, I worked with amazing teams of artists crafting entertainment enjoyed by people the world over. I worked on everything from The Croods to Kung Fu Panda. After finishing The Croods, I left DreamWorks and joined DisneyToon Studios where I currently handle stereoscopic-camera-finaling on Planes: Fire and Rescue. I go through every single shot of the movie and not only fine tune the camera work to make sure it's perfect, I also help creatively drive the 3D version of the movie. Now I'm helping to launch a new independent studio's first animated feature scheduled for release in 2017.
You may be wondering how my time at Marywood helped me get into the field of animation. With its liberal arts core, Marywood better prepares you for your career than you might have imagined. It's the foundation that you build upon. You use the smaller class sizes to your advantage by creating bonds with your professors, who are working professionals in most cases. For me, it was really exploring the technology and art of filmmaking. This was a natural introduction into the world of computer-generated animation; an art form I have always loved.
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
- Official SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed application
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation
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The following courses are required for all Communication Arts students, in Advertising/Public Relations, Digital Media, and Broadcast Journalism (23 credits):
|COMM 101||Dynamics of Speech Communication||2|
|COMM 112||Communication Theory||
|COMM 115||News Writing||
|COMM 130B||First-Year Practicum||
|COMM 230A and B||Communication Arts Practicum||
|COMM 130C||Video Production I||1|
|COMM 233L||Video Production I Lab||3|
|COMM 330A and B||Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production||
|COMM 336||Broadcast Newswriting||
|COMM 430A or B||Practicum in Digital Media Broadcast and Production||
|COMM 451||Coordinating Seminar in Communication Arts||
Note: Seniors must take 430A or 430B during the semester in which they are not registered for COMM 451.
Major in Broadcast Journalism requires 50 total credits:
|COMM 118||Introduction to Electronic Journalism and Social Media||3|
|COMM 224||Electronic Newsgathering Seminar||3|
|COMM 130D||Video Production II||1|
|COMM 234L||Video Production II Lab||3|
|COMM 237||New Communication Technologies||3|
|COMM 238||Media Scriptwriting||3|
|COMM 306||Communication Graphics||3|
|COMM 320||Communications Ethics and Law||3|
|COMM 418||Electronic Storytelling and Documentary Production||3|
|ENGL 484||Political Writing and Rhetoric||3|