MS in Broadcast Journalism

The graduate curriculum in Broadcast Journalism is designed to give the highly qualified student an opportunity to develop professional understanding and experience in all forms of news and public affairs programming for the electronic media. Initiative in original reporting for news programs and news websites and diligent researching for public affairs programs are emphasized as essential to broadcast journalism. Students write copy for newscasts, websites, and public affairs programs and learn how to seek out the information needed for such productions. This curriculum is appropriate for the student who wishes to pursue a career in television, radio and Internet news, or public affairs as a reporter, writer, editor, or producer.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism must complete a minimum of 12 courses (48 credits) of required and approved elective classroom work and a thesis. Any request to vary from these requirements must be done by petition that is approved by the Department Chair and the Administrator of Graduate Affairs.

Broadcast Journalism Curriculum

Core Requirements—First Semester (4)

  • COM JO 525 Media Law and Ethics
  • COM JO 707 Writing and Reporting for Broadcast News
  • COM JO 711 Electronic News Production
  • COM JO 721 Journalism Principles and Techniques

Second Semester

  • COM JO 733 Enterprise Reporting for Television or
  • COM JO 734 Broadcast Journalism I
  • COM JO 736 Television Newsroom
  • Plus one elective

Third Semester

  • COM JO 735 Broadcast Journalism II
  • COM JO 737 Broadcast Journalism Internship
  • Plus two electives

Broadcast Journalism, Sports Reporting Specialization

This specialization requires a minimum of 12 courses (48 credits).

Core Requirements (4)

  • COM JO 707 Writing and Reporting for Broadcast News
  • COM JO 711 Electronic News Production
  • COM JO 721 Journalism Principles and Techniques
  • COM JO 524 Broadcast Sports Journalism

Subject Area Requirements (5)

  • COM JO 525 Media Law & Ethics (2nd sem)
  • SED HM 510 Sports Psychology (1st or 2nd sem) or
    SED HM 710 Sport Theory in Social Systems (If this class is not available during a particular semester, students may petition to make substitutions.)
  • COM JO 532 Sports Journalism Seminar (3rd sem)
  • COM JO 514 Sports Journalism
  • COM CM 536 Sports Communication

Format Requirements (2)

Choose two from the following:

  • COM JO 506 Writing Columns and Editorials
  • COM JO 513 Advanced Photojournalism
  • COM JO 519 Narrative Radio
  • COM JO 540 Online Journalism
  • COM JO 703 Magazine Writing

Electives—Topical Area of Interest (1)

Choose one from the following:

  • COM JO 501 Intro to Business and Economics Reporting
  • COM JO 516 Foreign Reporting
  • COM JO 535 Investigative and Project Reporting
  • COM JO 705 Science and the Mass Media
  • COM JO 733 Enterprise Reporting for Television
  • COM JO 737 Broadcast Journalism Internship