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Radio-Television Producing

Degree Options

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

Description of Program

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 preproduction, 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 36 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 111 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-two journalism credits with 6 journalism elective hours (optional) and 2 non-journalism courses are required to complete the radio-television producing major.

Suggested progression of classes:

All classes are 3 credit hours except when indicated ( )

Radio Television Producing

First-Sophomore Years


Junior-Senior Years

JMC 030

Communications in Society


JMC 067

Digital Audio Writing and Production

JMC  031(1)

Multimedia Lab


JMC 100

Television Field Photography

JMC 040(1)

Pre-professional Workshop


JMC 104

Communication Law and Ethics

JMC 054

Reporting and Writing Principles


JMC 105

Web Page Design

JMC 057

Video Production


JMC 114

Producing Sports TV

JMC 066

Media Responsibility Over Time


JMC 194

Radio/TV Practicum

POLS 001

American Political Systems



Electives (3-6)

SCSS 001

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 SJMC 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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