The Communication degree with a concentration in Broadcasting is designated as a “Pillar of Distinction” at West Liberty University. Over the next ten years, career opportunities for broadcast news analysts are projected to increase nationwide by six percent.
Our students receive hands-on instruction in our state-of-the-art studios at West Liberty Television, WLTV – 14 and radio station WGLZ. The TV station reaches more than 55,000 cable households in Hancock, Ohio, and Marshall County (West Virginia) via Comcast cable and can be viewed online. WGLZ is a 150-watt radio station serving 15,000 listeners in the West Liberty area. Broadcasting at 91.5 FM the station also can be heard online. Both stations are written, produced and staffed by our students.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (Broadcasting)
- The student graduating with a degree in broadcasting will be able to produce a journalistic video story using professional video cameras and AVID editing systems
- The student graduating with a degree in broadcasting will be able to operate remote production systems associated with live sports broadcasting
- The student graduating with a degree in broadcasting will be able to operate studio production equipment associated with live news broadcasts
- The student graduating with a degree in broadcast will be able to both produce and direct live studio productions
- The student graduating with a degree in broadcasting will be able to write broadcast news and news magazine feature stories
- The student will be able to determine when additional information is needed for a given purpose
- The student will be able to evaluate the credibility of sources of information and opinion
The Bachelor of Science Communication: Broadcasting degree consists of 48 general studies credits, Communications core of 13 credits, 20 hours of Broadcasting foundations, 8 upper level hours in Broadcasting and 6 hours of restricted Broadcast electives. Broadcasting majors must complete a minor of at least 18 hours. The minor cannot be in a Communications related field. Many students choose to take additional elective credits beyond the required totals.
COMMUNICATIONS CORE 13
COM 401 Communication Theory 3 COM 410 Communication Law and Ethics 4 Choose one from the following: COM 311 Mass Media and Society 3 COM 323 Introduction to Cinema 3 COM 324 Documentary Film 3
BROADCASTING FOUNDATIONS 20