In order to find work as a broadcaster in most capacities, applicants are expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree. High school students thinking about majoring in broadcasting have many programs that are approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication to choose from. A few schools specifically focus on broadcasting and are both ACEJMC-accredited and included in the "Associated Collegiate Press" list of the top 50 U.S. journalism schools.
Washington State University
In the the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication's Journalism and Media Production program at Washington State University, students can get experience writing for the university newspaper, the "Daily Evergreen," or work for the Murrow News Service. They can network with professionals in news media through the school’s chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists. If you’re hoping to get TV-specific training, Washington State’s Cable 8 Productions, a school-sponsored production company that airs student-produced television, offers opportunities for field experience.
University of Texas at Austin
At the University of Texas at Austin, students in the College of Communication who major in Journalism build their broadcasting experience through a series of prerequisite classes leading up to in-depth coursework in subjects like entrepreneurial journalism, long-form feature writing and visual journalism. The program is of particular interest for those who hope to work in sports broadcasting, as sports journalism is one of their potential concentrations.
Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University is an excellent option for broadcasting education in the midwest. The school is one of few journalism programs to specifically concentrate on broadcasting, rather than print journalism. Of particular interest is the level of faculty interaction, as professors and other faculty members are available to help students in the School of Journalism and Broadcasting find work through their own network, in addition to helping students critique their cover letters, portfolios and resumes.
University of Idaho
Students can choose to major in advertising, broadcasting and digital media, journalism, or public relations at the University of Idaho’s School of Journalism and Mass Media. Students are expected to take prerequisite coursework in ethics, writing and other fundamental topics in journalism. However, at the University of Idaho, broadcasting majors can satisfy their upper requirements with classes like Hollywood Portrayal of Journalists, American Television Genres, and Cultural Diversity and the Media.
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