"The thing that I liked most about WIU’s Broadcasting program is that it allowed you to get your hands dirty right away. I have friends who have gone to other schools and say you have to be a senior or at least a junior before you even touch a piece of equipment. Being able from the get-go to produce TV stories and radio stories allowed me to have that much more time to develop my skills."
-- Cisco Cotto, 1998, Chicago Talk Show Host
The Department of Broadcasting and Journalism offers a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting. Students in Broadcasting study digital/high definition (HD) audio and video production techniques, including non-linear editing, post-production, animation/graphics, news writing, and sports production. WIUS-FM and wiutv3 give students the opportunity to put into practice learned skills. Graduates of the Broadcasting program enter various careers in television, radio, cable, satellite, post-production operations, sports, and on-air including directing, producing, reporting, on-air talent, sports production, sales, advertising, and post-production.
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, produce and direct half-hour newscasts that reach Macomb and McDonough county viewers. There are opportunities to be reporters and anchors (news, weather, and sports), as well as 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.
The Production Track is designed for students interested in working in video, audio, and/or film production and post-production. The program is hands-on. You will work with faculty and peers in an interactive environment to learn production and editing skills. You will also learn camera techniques, postproduction special effects, ENG and studio lighting, and operating control room and on-air studio equipment. Then you will take those skills and produce audio, video, and interactive programming for multi-platform distribution. Video production students will take coursework necessary to qualify for the Final Cut Pro Certification test.
Sports Production Track
The Sports Production Track is for students who live and breathe sports. Students in the Sports Broadcasting emphasis prepare to become multimedia sports broadcasters. They work in front of the camera, behind the microphone and camera, in the production truck and TV studio, and from their laptops, editing, blogging, and posting their work.
Broadcasting has a live sports truck with an eight-camera set-up to do live sports as well as community events. Sporting events are carried live on wiutv3; WIUS-FM; and on RockyVision, the University’s Internet programming provider.
Why Choose Broadcasting at WIU?
Broadcasting majors have a long tradition of winning awards at the state, regional, and national levels.
- Students majoring in broadcasting have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in state-of-the art audio and video production facilities from freshman year to graduation.
- Production classes are small with an average class size of 10.
- The Department of Broadcasting is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to our students.
- Students also have the unique opportunity to work in live sports production, in radio, television, and on the web.
The Broadcasting 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.
Some of Our Graduates
- Denise Hnytka, 2006, News Anchor/Reporter WQAD-TV, Quad Cities
- Chad Douglas, 1997, Morning Co-Host, KHQA-TV, Quincy, IL
- Mark Baden, 1992, Chief Meteorologist, WISN-TV, Milwaukee
- Pati Darak, 1989, Meteorologist, News14, Raleigh, NC
- Matt Thiel, 2004, Morning Show Host, KSTT, San Luis Obispo, CA
- Brian Tully, 2006, Producer and Designer, Fox, New York
- Tim Abshire, 1992, Director, E-Trade Baby Spot, Fatherhood, New York
- Scott Padgett, 1996, Chief Meteorologist, KTVT-TV, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
- Sarah Simmons, 1998, Anchor, FOX5, Washington, D.C.
- Cara DeMarlie, 2010, Promotions Director, Clear Channel Communications, Inc