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Communication: Broadcasting

Communication, BA, Concentration: Broadcasting

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Program Intro

As a broadcasting student, you’ll learn your craft in a state-of-the-art production facility that includes a multi-track audio engineering studio, a radio studio and a three-camera television studio.

Department of Communication and Creative Arts

Throughout the program, you’ll work with emerging camera technologies to create various short-form documentaries and music videos, including Sony, AKA, Black Magic Cinema and Nikon cameras.

You’ll also gain experience in audio engineering, using Avid Pro Tools, Solid State Logic, Midas and more.

Curriculum Overview

The Broadcasting program includes courses in visual communication, scriptwriting, cinematography and audio recording techniques. You’ll also learn to produce and edit projects for radio and television.

Build a foundation with courses in speech, broadcasting fundamentals and media theories.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 11400 – Fundamentals of Speech
  • COM 24200 – Broadcast News
  • COM 26100 – Introduction to Broadcasting
  • COM 33000 – Media Theories

Develop skills in audio, camera techniques, sports communication and radio/TV production.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 29000 – Multi-Track Audio Recording
  • COM 29000 – Cinematography
  • COM 29000 – Sports Communication
  • COM 33200 – Radio/TV Production

Expand your knowledge of practical communication and media production techniques. You may also complete an internship this year.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 30900 – Visual Communication
  • COM 33100 – Audio Production
  • COM 43400 – Practicum in Radio/TV

Gear up for a successful career by honing your skills in TV production and scriptwriting.

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Sample Courses

  • COM 43600 – Scriptwriting
  • COM 44100 – Advanced TV Production
  • COM 44500 – TV Editing
  • COM 46500 – Visual Aesthetics in TV and Film

Highlights

The Broadcasting concentration offers students hands on experience in audio and video production. Our 30-minute program “The Roundtable Perspective” airs on Lakeshore Public Media.

If you’re interested in declaring a Broadcasting concentration at PNW, contact Jake Giles now to schedule a tour of the studio!

A lion sculpture on PNW's campus PNW graduates at commencement

Outcomes

Broadcasting students compete and win in professional competitions like Telly, Communicator, Videographer and AVA. Our alumni work in a wide variety of media, including film, television, radio, advertising, marketing and sales. They have won Emmys, Tellys, and many other prestigious awards.

Scholarships

Communication students can apply for:

For more information, contact department head Tom Roach.

Beyond the Classroom

Our students regularly intern at WJOB and Lakeshore Public Media. We also participate in the annual Broadcast Education Association (BEA) festival.

Career Paths

This program prepares you for a range of careers in fields like:

  • Advertising (design or sales)
  • Social media (analysis and communication)
  • Television production

Employers

Broadcasting grads go on to work at TV studios, radio stations and on hit shows like:

WGN

America’s Next Top Model

Lakeshore Public Media

I met a lot of great people who turned out to be some of my best friends, and to actually run a live television show that airs on Lakeshore PBS is really, really valuable.

Sonny Santana, ’21, Communications: Broadcasting

Mia Stevens in the studio

This department separates itself because the administration does not just look at you as a student. They look at you as a person and someone who is interested in learning a skill that they know a lot about.

Mia Stevens
Communication, Concentration: Broadcasting, 2019

Image of PNW Communications student Bradley Knight.

My group members have become more than friends...they’re family and I feel like we could accomplish anything we work on together.

Meet the Faculty

Mary Beth O'Connor

Mary Beth O’Connor, M.A.

Associate Professor of Communication

Mary Beth O’Connor teaches broadcasting and advertising courses and oversees both of those concentrations for the department. Additionally, she is the supervising producer for The Roundtable Perspective television show.

Kenneth Bronowski

Kenneth Bronowski, M.A.

Continuing Lecturer

Ken Bronowski has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Communication from Purdue University Calumet. Current role at PNW is as a Continuing Lecturer, specializing in electronic media production. Key responsibilities are teaching production classes and upkeep of radio, recording and TV studios.

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