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WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THE BROADCAST JOURNALISM SPECIALTY?

Students who specialize in broadcast journalism are looking for careers in radio and television or in converged news operations with writing, audio and video storytelling needs. Other outlets include production companies, web sites, and private, non-profit or commercial organizations in need of media communication skills. Such jobs include writers, newscast and segment producers, editors, reporters, videographers, anchors, graphics producers, assignment editors, and news directors. Students hone both on-air and producing news skills for television, radio, online and mobile.

American University’s Media Production Center offers a fully digital HD production facility, making it the most advanced university-based video production facility in the nation’s capital. We offer digital video and audio editing suites, Mac Pro computer systems, Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer, a computer-based newsroom system featuring Associated Press’ ENPS, a television studio with HD cameras and Sony MVS-6000 HD video switcher, and the Ed Bliss Broadcast Newsroom. 

COURSES

COMM-721: Digital Audio Production 

Writing, reporting, interviewing, and digital editing of audio stories. The class emphasizes radio news production, including commercial and public radio style, and narrative and non-narrative storytelling. Students work under deadline, creating radio newscasts and/or podcasts, and build an online portfolio of audio, web stories, and audio-photo slideshows. Prerequisite: admission to the journalism program or permission of the division director.

COMM-632: Backpack Video Journalism

Instruction in production of video news packages. Techniques of shooting and editing in Final Cut Pro. Learning to write-to-video, vocal delivery, merging of script, videotape, and graphics into the final product.Prerequisite: admission to the journalism program or permission of the division director.


COMM-722 Advanced Television and Video Production

Producing, writing, reporting, and non-linear editing of television newscasts and other television news magazine formats. Field reporting and line producing daily newscasts under deadline. Live production for television and post-production for Digital platforms. News topics include local, national, and international news also including health, sports, entertainment and weather. Prerequisite: admission to the journalism program or permission of the division director.