Journalism & Mass Communications Broadcasting

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College: Journalism & Mass Communications
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Journalism
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes-only for meteorology majors and environmental studies majors with a meteorology emphasis
Advisor: Andrea Spader
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COLLEGE: Journalism & Mass Communications

MAJOR: Broadcasting

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Journalism


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes-only for meteorology majors and environmental studies majors with a meteorology emphasis

ADVISOR: Andrea Spader


Professors: Hull (emeritus), Lee, Mayeux (emeritus), Renaud, Walklin

Associate Professors: Alloway, Creighton, McCoy, Spann (emeritus)

Assistant Professor of Practice: Peon-Casanova

The broadcasting major offers courses leading to a wide variety of careers in the broadcasting and telecommunications industry. Building on a solid base of instruction in radio, television, mobile and online journalism, the major has broadened its curriculum in response to advancing technology and new electronic media. Broadcasting offers courses in newsgathering and dissemination, sports reporting, videography, data visualization, web design, sales, management, programming and other specializations including the use of audio and video. Courses are designed to develop both a comprehensive understanding of theoretical principles and professional skills. Most courses involve extensive practical laboratory work in addition to classroom lectures and discussions.

Many of the broadcasting faculty members have extensive industry experience at media organizations such as WBNS-TV (CBS) in Columbus, Ohio, KMTV, Omaha, Nebraska, and Nebraska Educational Television. The faculty continues to be connected to the industry, and its members are actively involved in professional media organizations. Students, likewise, are encouraged to further their professional goals through participation in student organizations such as the Alpha Epsilon Rho national broadcasting society, the Society of Professional Journalists, Northwest Broadcast News Association, Radio, Television News Directors Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the American Copy Editors Association.

KRNU and KRNU2 are professionally managed radio stations and are an integral part of the instructional program. With studios in Andersen Hall, KRNU operates year-round and serves an audience of potentially 250,000 persons in the Lincoln area, plus a global audience via the Internet. KRNU2 operates on the Internet only. Student-produced programs aired on these stations have won many awards in competition with other student groups as well as with commercial stations. Students are successful in the Broadcast Education Association national student competition, Society of Professional Journalists and the Northwest Broadcast News Association

Students have also had success in the national Hearst competition, including the national winner in the 2013 feature category in television news, second place television news overall in 2012, third place radio news overall and the broadcast television news national winner in 2006. In addition, several students have placed in the top five in both radio and television.

Broadcasting students have achieved success in producing documentary films, including numerous national awards.

In addition, students may work and take classes in the studios of the Nebraska Educational Television Network, one of the premier ETV facilities in the nation.

Students also produce a bi-weekly television news broadcast and several entertainment programs, which are distributed throughout Lincoln via cable television.

Broadcasting faculty assist students in acquiring internships and professional work experience prior to graduation. Broadcasting majors have held more than 100 media-related internships and professional part-time jobs, including internships at CNN in New York working with Anderson Cooper, at ESPN and VH1. Graduates are working for major media organizations throughout the nation.

Students wishing to major in broadcasting should contact the college office in 147 Andersen Hall.


Specific Major Requirements

The broadcasting major is 40 hours with 18-21 of the hours selected to develop an emphasis in either news or production.

Those completing either a news emphasis or a production emphasis take all of the following: JOMC 100, JOMC 101, JOMC 130, JOMC 131, JOMC 132, JOMC 133, JOMC 134, JOMC 486, and JOMC 487.

Those who choose a news emphasis additionally complete JOUR 202, JOUR 304, BRDC 370, BRDC 371, BRDC 472 and 6 hours of electives chosen from advertising and public relations, broadcasting or journalism.

Those who pursue a production emphasis additionally complete BRDC 227, BRDC 228, BRDC 359, BRDC 360, BRDC 462 and 6 hours of electives selected from advertising and public relations, broadcasting or journalism.

Students may complete two majors in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications by completing all requirements for each major. However, the second major in the college will not take the place of a concentration or any of the 72 hours required outside the college.

Graduating seniors also must complete JOMC 98 Senior Assessment. Typically, JOMC 98 is taken in the last semester. However, seniors who have completed all courses for the major may take it two semesters preceding graduation.


Internship Policy

Students may be able to earn credit for internships under certain circumstances. Please go to the college website and find the Internship Policy under the Student Services tab.

Credit in Special Experiences

Students may earn up to 6 credit hours toward the degree in some courses: Jacht, National Student Advertising Competition, photojournalism reports, depth reports and others. Students may repeat the same course again for additional credit hours, but those credits will not count toward the degree inside or outside the major. Talk with an academic advisor for further information or specific questions.


A broadcasting minor (21 hours) is available only for meteorology majors and environmental studies majors with a meteorology emphasis. These students complete JOMC 130, JOMC 131, JOMC 132, JOMC 133, JOMC 134, JOUR 202, BRDC 371, BRDC 370 and BRDC 472.