The lively voice on the radio announcing the next hit song and the poised anchorwoman introducing the evening news probably have a few things in common: an ability to engage an audience with their voice and an education in broadcast journalism. A career in broadcasting begins with a strong desire to succeed in this competitive field. The next step is to obtain training and experience, both of which can be acquired at a college offering an educational program in broadcasting or broadcast journalism.
New York's Syracuse University was the first school in the nation to offer a college radio course for credit. The university's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications offers bachelor's and master's degrees in broadcast and digital journalism. Students in the major operate the school's television station and three campus radio stations in keeping with the program's emphasis on hands-on learning. Internship opportunities are numerous, and third-year students can opt to study abroad. Graduate students spend a significant amount of the school year as working journalists in the Syracuse area and in Washington, D.C.
The College of Communications at Boston University in Massachusetts offers a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a master's degree in broadcast journalism. Undergraduates receive a strong foundation in liberal arts in addition to coursework in the journalism major. Special programs at the undergraduate and graduate level allow students to spend a semester in Washington, D.C. or the Massachusetts Statehouse producing content for state and regional newspapers, web sites and radio stations. Students also gain real-world broadcasting experience through internships at radio station WBUR, Boston's National Public Radio station, which is licensed to the university.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles offers both a bachelor's and master's degree in broadcast and digital journalism. Students focus on multimedia storytelling, writing, reporting and producing journalism in the school's media labs or in conjunction with the school's radio and television stations. Graduate students may follow one of five different tracks including long-form video, news video, audio, text or digital. Internships are available in the Los Angeles area and abroad. The school offers mentorship opportunities including the Annenberg Advantage program, which pairs current students with alumni mentors.
Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois, offers a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a concentration in broadcast journalism. The concentration is divided into two tracks -- television or radio. Students in the television track are actively involved in the two student-produced news programs "Metro Minutes" and "Newsbeat." Radio news students receive first-hand experience in production and broadcasting at the college's radio station, WCRX. Graduate students earn a Master of Arts in journalism and focus on public affairs reporting. Reporting lab seminars allow graduate students to cover Chicago news events in real time alongside the city's working journalists.
Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialty in broadcast journalism and a Master of Arts degree in journalism. The journalism program emphasizes the teaching of ethical journalism in a learning environment that combines tradition and innovation. Student media outlets include two radio stations, a television station and an online news service. Students also regularly contribute content to the Boston Globe as well as local radio and television networks.