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Our Broadcasting program integrates classroom learning with hands-on practical media experience. Our student media includes Newschannel2 newscast, Extra Point TV sports show, Revolution 91.7 and the WKU Storm Team. Please take a moment to browse our site for more information on curriculum, our facilities and our student-run media. For more information on the Broadcast major or minor, contact us or schedule a tour.

Course Descriptions may be viewed at http://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog

 

Students wishing to enter the major in broadcasting initially are admitted as majors seeking admission (reference 726P). Prospective majors may take no more than 15 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of course work applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
  2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5;
  3. Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of ‘C’ or better and nine additional hours in the General Education Program;
  4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better: SJB 101, 102 and the following course according to the intended concentration:

News and Sports Reporting:         BCOM 265

Video Production:                           BCOM 266

Operations and Management:      BCOM 261

Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the broadcasting major and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.

Required courses for all majors (15 hours)

SJB 101     Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology [fall]

SJB 102     Media Content, Collaboration and Community

BCOM 201 Process and Effects of Mass Communication

BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law and Ethics (PS110, BCOM 201)

Requirements within news concentration(15 hours)

BCOM 265 Basic Broadcast News (SJB 101 or 102 or 103)

BCOM 266 Basic Television Production (SJB 101 or BCOM 201)

BCOM 335 News Discovery and Selection (BCOM 265)

BCOM 365 Broadcast News Reporting and Producing (BCOM 265, 335, 368)

BCOM 368 News Videography/Editing [fall] (BCOM 265, 266)

Elective (3 hours) During the sophomore year, select one 3-hour course outside the BCOM major subject code, but within the School of Journalism & Broadcasting (AD, FILM, JOUR, PJ, PR and SJB) and approved by departmental faculty advisor. 

Select one of the following three capstone experiences (3-4 hours)

BCOM 465 Advanced Broadcast News [spring] (BCOM 365)

  or by application either SJB 495 Collaborative Journalism

  orSJB 401 Team Investigative Reporting I [1hr] [fall]

   and SJB 402 Team Investigative Reporting II [3hr] [spring]

Restricted electives (6 hours) Chosen in consultation with department faculty advisor. Select courses totaling six hours from the following list: BCOM 325 Electronic Media Writing (SJB 103)

BCOM 326 Radio/TV News Performance (BCOM 265 & either BCOM 261 or 266)

BCOM 328 Broadcast Weather Graphics (BCOM 201 and GEOG 121)

BCOM 329 Broadcast Weather Data (BCOM 201 and GEOG 121)

BCOM 385 Broadcast Commercial Sales (Sophomore Standing)

BCOM 467 Workshop [1-hr] (permission of instructor)

BCOM 485 Broadcast Operations & Management (BCOM 385 or permission)

BCOM 491 Internship (18 hours in the major, permission of program coordinator)

Required courses for all majors (15 hours)

SJB 101   Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology [fall]

SJB 102   Media Content, Collaboration and Community

BCOM 201 Process and Effects of Mass Communication

BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law and Ethics (PS110, BCOM 201)

Requirements within concentration (18 hours)

BCOM 266 Basic Television Production (SJB 101 or BCOM 201)

BCOM 325 Electronic Media Writing (SJB 103)

BCOM 366 Editing, Aesthetics (BCOM majors BCOM 266; FILM majors Film 101 and 201)

BCOM 367 Field Production [spring] (BCOM 266 and 366)

BCOM 463 Producing and Directing [fall] (BCOM 266, 366, 367)

BCOM 480 Advanced Post Production (BCOM 366)

Elective (3 hours) During the sophomore year, select one 3-hour course outside the BCOM major subject code, but within the School of Journalism & Broadcasting (AD, FILM, JOUR, PJ, PR and SJB) and approved by departmental faculty advisor.

Select one of the following three capstone experiences (3-4 hours)

BCOM 482 Television Program Production [spring] (BCOM 367, 463, 480)

  or by application either SJB 495 Collaborative Journalism

  orSJB 401 Team Investigative Reporting I [1hr] [fall] and SJB 402 II [3hr] [spring]

Elective (3 hours) Select any additional BCOM course or any course totaling three hours from the following list:

SJB 241   Visualizing Data

PJ   131   Introduction to Digital Photography

PJ    261 Introduction to Multimedia (PJ 131 or 231)

AD   341   Principles of Advertising (SJB 101)

AD   348   Introduction to Interactive Design

ENG 309 Documentary Film (ENG 200)

ENG 365 Film Adaptation Film (ENG 100 and 200)

FILM 201 Introduction to Cinema [may also count in Colonnade II-AH]

FILM 250 Screenwriting (BCOM 325 or FILM 101 and FILM 201)

FILM 366 History of Narrative Film (ENG 100 and 200)

FILM 376 Cinematography (BCOM 366)

FILM 465 Film Genres (ENG 100, 200 and either FILM 201 or ENG 365, or permission)

FILM 466 Film Theory (FILM 366, ENG 365; FILM 201, or permission)

Required courses for all majors (15 hours)

SJB 101   Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology [fall]

SJB 102   Media Content, Collaboration and Community

BCOM 201 Process and Effects of Mass Communication

BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law and Ethics (PS110, BCOM 201)

Requirements within concentration (18 hours)

BCOM 261 Basic Radio Production (SJB 101 or 102 or 103)

BCOM 266 Basic Television Production (SJB 101 or BCOM 201)

BCOM 360 Electronic Media Programming/Research [fall] (BCOM 301 or permission)

BCOM 385 Broadcast Commercial Sales (Sophomore Standing)

   Select one of the following two courses

BCOM 265 Basic Broadcast News (SJB 101 or 102 or 103) or

BCOM 325 Electronic Media Writing (SJB 103)

  Select one of the following two courses

BCOM 361 Advanced Radio Performance (BCOM 261) or

BCOM 476 Advanced Radio Sales (BCOM 385 or permission)

Elective (3 hours) During the sophomore year, select one 3-hour course outside the BCOM major subject code, but within the School of Journalism & Broadcasting (AD, FILM, JOUR, PJ, PR or SJB) and approved by departmental faculty advisor. 

Select one of the following three capstone experiences (3-4 hours)

BCOM 485 Broadcast Operations & Management (BCOM 385 or permission)

 or by application either SJB 495 Collaborative Journalism

 orSJB 401 Team Investigative Reporting I [1hr] [fall]  and SJB 402 II [3hr] [spring]

Elective (3 hours)Chosen in consultation with department faculty advisor. Note that 50% of coursework in the major must be at the 300/400 level.

Select any additional BCOM course or any course totaling three hours from the following list:  

Any BCOM course--BCOM 491 Internship, strongly recommended

SJB 241   Visualizing Data

PJ 131      Introduction to Digital Photography

AD 300     Research in Advertising/Public Relations (Stats)

PR 355     Fundamentals of Public Relations (SJB 101,102,103 and JOUR 202)

MGT 210 Organization & Management (Sophomore Standing)

MKT 220 Basic Marketing Concepts (Sophomore Standing)

MKT 325 Personal Selling (MKT 220)

MKT 329 Business-to-Business Mkt. (MKT 220)

MKT 425 Advanced Personal Selling (MKT 220, 325)

PSY 371 Psychology of Sales (PSY 100)

 

 

Major in Broadcasting*

Our Broadcasting major is divided into three concentrations: News and Sport Reporting, Video Production and Operations and Management. 

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Minor in Broadcasting

 The minor in Broadcasting requires 18 credit hours.

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Facilities

Our facilities include a professional digital television studio, a live radio production studio, two Avid editing labs and two newsrooms. Schedule a tour to view the facilities.

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STUDENT MEDIA 

 

nc12live

NewsChannel12 Live

NewsChannel12 is a 30 minute broadcast of news, weather and sports involving Western Kentucky University, the Bowling Green community and its students. Student anchors, producers, photographers and reporters combine their resources to produce the program. NewsChannel12 provides students the opportunity to build their resume via professional media experience. Hundreds of former WKU broadcast students now work in a variety of media outlets around the country and NewsChannel12 enhances that tradition.

 

 

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extrapoint

Extra Point

Extra Point is a LIVE weekly student run sports program. Extra Point airs on WKUs PBS station every Thursday at 6:00pm.

 

revolution

Revolution 91.7

Revolution 91.7 is the campus radio station of Western Kentucky University. We play the best in college-progressive music and showcase up-and-coming artists.
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storm team

WKU Storm Team

The WKU Storm Team is comprised of meteorology/broadcasting students. We use the resources of StormCenter 12's studio in the Academic Complex, Revolution 91.7 in MMTH, and the internet to provide Hilltoppers with the latest information regarding severe weather.

 

 

 

 

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