Broadcasting major Josh Peterson talks about hosting a radio sports talk show, broadcasting classes, professors and his strong job prospects coming out of the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Broadcasting Major Description

Broadcasting majors may choose a news track or a production track. Those who enroll in the news track learn how to write and present news for television or radio as well as for online publications. Many of them go on to work on the air or behind the scenes as writers, directors or producers.

Those who follow the production track focus on learning broadcast technology and how to use it to its fullest potential. They may find jobs as writers, editors, producers or talent for a range of broadcast, cable, satellite and online media outlets.

Broadcasting Faculty

Faculty have significant professional experience at broadcast outlets and continue to practice their craft by producing newscasts, documentaries, public affairs programs, sporting events, commercials and other programming. The faculty work closely with students both in and out of class, helping guide their career choices and also helping them tailor an academic plan to meet their interests and needs.

Curriculum for Broadcasting Majors

Broadcasting classes offer students practical experience in the creation and production of on-air and online video and audio programming for use on the college's radio station and webstreams, cable television news operation and online publication.

Awards won by Broadcasting Majors

Broadcasting majors regularly win top prizes in the Hearst Journalism Awards program, competing against students from the nation's other 107 accredited programs., finishing second in the nation in the broadcast division in 2011. They also bring home prizes in the National Broadcasting Association and Northwest Broadcast News Association competitions.

Internships for Broadcasting Majors

The faculty helps place students in internships at places like:

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • ESPN
  • MTV
  • CNN
  • Fox News

as well as media production companies and numerous local television and radio stations.

The faculty, with many professional contacts both locally and nationwide, also actively help place students in jobs within the state and throughout the country and the world. Students interested in majoring in Broadcasting should contact the college office in 147 Andersen Hall.