Department of Journalism

Broadcast Journalism


Broadcast Journalism

Students produce a television news program.

Through a broad-based core of liberal arts courses, the BS in Journalism curriculum will ground you in the ethical, legal, and historical traditions of journalism and prepare you to gather and analyze information accurately and efficiently in an increasingly technological world. You will learn to write about events and issues clearly, succinctly, and in context and reflect an understanding of diversity in your reporting.

General Program Requirements

Students in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 graduating classes who do not “opt in” to the new curriculum will receive a degree in Broadcast Journalism by meeting the requirements below.

The BS in Journalism program requires the completion of 44 credit hours. Students choose a specialty in either print or broadcast journalism.

All students must complete a core of common courses:

JR 101 Discovering Journalism
JR 102 The Newsgathering Process
JR 103 The Digital Journalist
JR 290 Journalism Law and Ethics
PL 225 American Government and Politics

(Journalism majors are required to take PL 225 to satisfy one of their general education requirements in History, Social and Behavioral Sciences. It does not count toward the 44 credit hours required in the major.)

Broadcast Journalism Requirements

JR 205 Broadcast Journalism
JR 305 Radio Producing
JR 418 TV News Producing
JR 419 Electronic Newsgathering/Reporting
Students are required to take one of three courses that satisfy the Broadcast Program's Capstone requirement.
JR 590 Online Publishing
JR 591 Broadcast Journalism Practicum
JR 592 Public Affairs Reporting

Broadcast Journalism students also must take 8 credits from among the elective courses offered by the department.


News Excellence

For a Fall 2009 episode of EIV News @ 9, Emerson Independent Video—an entirely student-run entity—took home an Emmy at the Boston/New England Emmy Awards banquet. This was the second year in a row that the group won the James Thistle Student Production Award.

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