Academics

Broadcasting - News & Performance

"Learn from the best – and leave with the best. Western's Broadcasting department gave me the fundamentals and the friends that will last a lifetime."  
-- Brian M. Tully, 2006, Head Writer, Fox News Channel, New York City

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The Department of Broadcasting offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting. Students in Broadcasting study curriculum designed to meet the challenges of media convergence by providing multi-platform production skills to students. Students operate an FM broadcast station, WIUS, and produce programming for wiutv3 using high-definition television facilities. Graduates of the program enter various careers in television, radio, cable, satellite, and post-production operations, including directing, producing, reporting, on-air talent programming, sales, advertising, sports, and post-production.

News/Performance Track

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The News/Performance Track focuses on the preparation of students for careers in front of the camera and/or microphone. wiutv3 is the outlet for our live local television newscasts. Students learn to gather news, cover news events, edit news packages, and produce and direct half-hour newscasts that reach a local audience and are streamed live to Internet. There are opportunities to be reporters and anchors (news, weather, and sports), as well as to produce and direct newscasts. WIUS-FM is our music, news, and sports outlet on the radio side. On-air shifts are available to all majors every semester. wiutv3 and WIUS-FM are completely student-run under the guidance of faculty and staff.

Why Choose Broadcasting at WIU?
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The Department of Broadcasting is an award-winning program. Broadcasting students have received state and national recognition for their work. This type of acknowledgment is important to employers seeking students who will be productive when they reach the marketplace. In 2014, WIU took home the "Best Video Newscast" award from the National Broadcasting Society (NBS) competition, beating out the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma. We had 13 students named as finalists in the Students in Illinois News Broadcasters Association (SINBA) competition, which was the most of any school in Illinois. WIU won the "Best Video Newscast" and "Best Soft TV News Program" awards. In the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) competition, Broadcasting students were recognized as national finalists for four college radio awards. NATAS also bestowed Honorable Mention awards to our students for "TV Newscast" and "General Assignment-Serious News" and our sports productions received recognition in the Sport Video Group's "College Sports Media Awards."

Students majoring in Broadcasting have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in HD facilities from freshmen year to graduation. Our production classes are small with an average class size of 10. The department is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to our students. The department has an excellent internship program that provides students with learning opportunities in professional broadcast settings around the world. Our alumni work in varied fields of broadcast, cable, satellite, advertising, and post-production.

Our alumni work in varied fields of broadcast, cable, satellite, advertising, and post-production.

Some of Our Graduates

  • Mark Baden, 1992, Chief Meteorologist, WISN-TV, Milwaukee
  • Tim Abshire, 1992, Director, E-Trade Baby Spot, Fatherhood, New York
  • Chad Douglas, 1997, Morning Co-Host, KHQA-TV, Quincy, IL
  • Jonathan Haas, 2000, Video Journalist, Bay News 9, Tampa, FL
  • Mike Irvine, 2004, Host, Impossible Shots, Outdoor Channel, Nashville, TN
  • Matt Thiel, 2004, Host, KSTT Coast 101.3FM, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Brian Tully, 2006, Producer and Designer, Fox, New York
  • Denise Hnytka, 2006, News Anchor/Reporter WQAD-TV, Quad Cities
  • Bryan Moore, 2006, Sports Information Director, Eureka College, IL
  • Erik Arendt, 2007, News Photojournalist/Editor, WGN-TV, Chicago, IL

 

At A Glance

  • Degrees Available:
    • B.A.
  • Major: Yes
  • Minor: Yes
  • Graduate Degree: No
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities:
    • GradTrac
    • Honors

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