Radio-Television Producing

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in radio-television production.

Description of Program

Electronic media students select one of two tracks: broadcast news or radio-television. Coursework during the first two years is similar. Specialization occurs during the last two years. All electronic media students learn techniques and disciplines of preproduction, studio and field production, and post-production, especially digital audio and video editing.

Students who study radio-television prepare for a broad spectrum of opportunities in traditional broadcasting, corporate video and cable television, and multimedia. The Drake program places a special emphasis on sports production.

The major averages 42 students with 12 to 15 students in each upper-level class.

Accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake is among 113 accredited programs nationwide. To win accreditation, schools meet 9 standards, which address such issues as class size, diversity within the faculty and curriculum. Accreditation reviews occur every 6 years. Drake's program has been continuously accredited, most recently in 2011.

Requirements for Major

Thirty-five journalism credits with 3 journalism elective hours (optional) and 2 non-journalism courses are required to complete the radio-television major.

Suggested progression of classes:

All classes are 3 credit hours except when indicated ( )

Radio Television
First-Sophomore Years   Junior-Senior Years
JMC30 Communications in Society   JMC67 Digital Audio Writing and Production
JMC 31(1) Multimedia Lab   JMC100 Television Field Photography
JMC40(1) Pre-professional Workshop   JMC 104 Communication Law and Ethics
JMC54 Reporting and Writing Principles   JMC 105 Web Page Design
JMC57 Video Production   JMC 114 Producing Sports TV
JMC 66 Media Responsibility Over Time   JMC194 Radio/TV Practicum
POLS 1 American Political Systems   JMC JMCelectives (3-6)
SCSS 1 Survey of Sociology      

Students must also:

  • Meet all requirements of the Drake Curriculum.
  • Complete a minimum of 124 total credit hours.
  • Complete 86 credit hours outside of the SJMC course list; 65 of those hours must be in Arts and Sciences.
  • Declare an Area of Concentration with their Journalism adviser.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA the first 30 hours at Drake and a 2.25 after the 30th hour.

Students should see Graduation Requirements and Regulations sections of the catalog for additional information.

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