Broadcasting

The Broadcasting major 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 140,000 cable households in Ohio, and 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
  • Operate studio production equipment associated with live news broadcasts
  • Produce and direct live studio productions
  • Write broadcast news and news magazine feature stories
  • Determine when additional information is needed for a given purpose
  • Evaluate the credibility of sources of information and opinion

The Bachelor of Science Communication: Broadcasting degree consists of 48 general studies credits, Communications core credits, Broadcasting foundations, upper level hours in Broadcasting and restricted Broadcast electives.

Required Courses-Communication Core

CodeTitle

Credits

COM 201Survey of Media

3

COM 202Communication in the Professional Sphere

3

COM 225Television Field Production

4

COM 231News Writing & Reporting

3

COM 311Media And Society

3

COM 410Media Law and Ethics

4

COM 401Media Theory

3

COM 402Strategic Media Research

3

COM 490

Professional Media Portfolio

1

Broadcasting Upper-Level

CodeTitle

Credits

COM 312Media Sales

3

COM 321Television Production II

3

COM 322Writing For Radio And TV

3

COM 325TV Studio News Dir & Prod

3

COM 422Non-Linear Editing

3

COM 425TV Studio News Dir & Prod II

3

COM 452Broadcasting Practicum

3

Broadcasting Foundations

CodeTitle

Credits

DMD 204Radio Production

4

COM 224Television Production I

4

COM 226Remote Broadcast Production

3

COM 232Broadcast News Writing

3

COM 329On Campus Intern TV or Radio

2

COM 362Podcasting: Story, Prod & Pub

3

COM 418Broadcast Performance

3

COM 323Intro To Cinema

3

 Or

 

COM 324Documentary Film

3

Broadcasting Restricted Electives-Students Must Choose a Minimum of 12 Hours

CodeTitle

Credits

DMD 203Adobe Video Editing

3

DMD 300Sight, Sound and Motion

 

MUS 287Recording Techniques I

3

MUS 288Recording Techniques II

3

COM 315Fundamentals of Public Relations

3

COM 4203D Anim & Graphics

3

COM 426Social Media Campaigns

3

COM 428Prof Internship in Radio

3

COM 429Prof Internship in Television

3

COM 478Spec Top In Communications

1

COM 479Spec Prob In Communications

3

*WLU Catalog 2021-2022
Broadcasting Program Requirements
1. All students must meet COM requirements of an overall GPA of 2.5 and maintain a GPA of at least 2.5 to take upper level courses.
2. A minimum of 40 upper-level courses must successfully be completed.
 

Outside of the classroom, you will experience TopperStationthe TrumpetWGLZ Radio 91.5

Faculty

Christian Lee
Department of Media and Visual Arts

Jeff Pfister
Department of Media and Visual Arts

Jared Thompson
Department of Media and Visual Arts

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