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Radio-Television Producing

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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (B.A.J.M.C.) with a major in Radio-Television Producing

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Electronic media students select one of two tracks: broadcast news or radio-television producing. Coursework during the first two years is similar. Specialization occurs during the last two years.

All electronic media students learn techniques and disciplines of pre-production, studio and field production, and post-production, especially digital audio and video editing.

Students who study radio-television producing 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 35 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 114 accredited programs nationwide. To earn accreditation, schools meet 9 standards, which address such issues as class size, diversity, student services and curriculum. Accreditation reviews occur every 6 years. Drake’s program has been continuously accredited, most recently in 2011.

Degree Requirements

  • Meet all requirements of the Drake Curriculum.
  • Complete a minimum of 124 total credit hours.
  • Complete 80 credit hours outside of the SJMC course list; 48 of those hours must be Arts and Science credits.
  • 40 upper level credits.
  • Declare an Area of Concentration with SJMC adviser.
  • Maintain a 2.0 grade point average during the first 30 hours.
  • Maintain a 2.25 grade point average at Drake after the 30th hour.

Students should work with their advisers to assure selection of courses best suited to their educational and career objectives.  Please see Graduation Requirements and Regulations sections of the catalog for additional information.

Major Requirements

35 JMC credits with 9 SJMC elective hours (optional) are required for the radio television production major.

Required course list and the suggested progression of classes:

Course Credit Hours
First-Sophomore Years
JMC 030 - Communications in Society 3
JMC 031 - Multimedia Lab 1
JMC 040 - Pre-professional Workship 1
JMC 054 - Reporting and Writing Principles 3
JMC 057 - Video Production 3
POLS 001 - American Political Systems 3
SCSS xxx - (one three-credit course in Sociology) 3
Junior-Senior Years
JMC 067 - Digital Audio Writing & Production 3
JMC 100 - Television Field Photography 3
JMC 104 - Communications Law and Ethics 3
JMC 105 - Web Page Design 3
JMC 114 - Production Sports TV 3
JMC 194 - Radio Television Practicum 3
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