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Broadcast Journalism

  • Available as a concentration
    With a career in broadcast journalism, you will be on the frontline of breaking news, communicating critical information to the millions who need to hear it.
  • Whether you prefer to be the face of a news story, or work your magic behind the camera, this program will set you up for a successful career in the field of Broadcast Journalism. What’s more, you’ll be taught from a Christian perspective, helping you to sort through the complex ethical issues that today’s journalists face.

    Broadcast Journalism is a concentration within Multimedia Studies.

    At Olivet, you can:  

    • Learn the fundamentals of television production – cameras, audio, lighting, studio work, field work and editing.
    • Work for Access ONU, our campus news magazine: producing, reporting, anchoring or as a behind-the-scenes director, technical director, editor or production assistant.
    • Use cameras from our fleet of high-end video cameras, including HD, beginning your freshman year and work in editing labs equipped with the industry-leading software packages, AVID and Final Cut Pro software. 
    • Take photography courses to enhance your training. Work in the on-campus still photo studio. 
    • Work on the staff of the award-winning GlimmerGlass campus newspaper. 
    • And so much more!

    Benefit from the skills and knowledge of professors who are already successful in the professional world.  

    • Professor Mark Bishop works as a weather broadcaster for Chicago’s ABC7. 
    • Professor Jerry Cohagan has performed in theatre productions and commercials nationwide. 
    • Professor Carl Fletcher contributes his many years of radio broadcasting to help lead Olivet’s Shine.FM contemporary Christian radio station. 
    • Professor Thalyta Swanepoel is a seasoned journalist who enjoyed a successful career in her native South Africa before joining Olivet’s faculty.

    Additional Opportunities

    Spend an advanced, experiential semester at the Washington Journalism Center (WJC) on Capitol Hill. Develop your professional news skills and think through the implications of being a Christian working in the news media in a city that is home to the powerful and the powerless.

    Become a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s official honor society.

    Internships

    This major requires you to complete an internship. Check out our recommendations or find your own exciting opportunities.

    Previous internships include:

    Chicago: ABC News; Fox News; CLTV (Chicagoland Television News); SRN (Sports Radio Network); Comcast Sports Network; and others.

    Across the country: ABC News, Boston, Dallas and Champaign, Ill.; CBS News, South Bend, Ind., and Champaign, Ill.; Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions; Fox Sports Network and Fox News, St. Louis; CMT (Country Music Television), Nashville; NBC News, Milwaukee and Cincinnati; Camp TV, Carrollton, Texas; PBS, Indianapolis; and others.

    Careers

    If you: 

    • enjoy writing and telling stories
    • want to inform people and enrich their lives
    • are a quick thinker
    • have an outgoing personality
    • thrive on meeting deadlines
    • don’t shy away from long workdays
    • speak clearly and express your thoughts well
    • aren’t afraid to ask question

    then a degree in broadcast journalism may be just what you’re looking for!

    Possible broadcast journalism careers: assistant producer, producer, Internet producer, announcer,
    program director, reporter, news analyst, news anchor, newscaster, assistant news director, news director, assignment editor, sports announcer, camera operator

    Broadcast Journalism is part of the Department of Communication, within the School of Professional Studies. 

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  • Gain valuable experience working for Access ONU, Olivet's campus news magazine.

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