Broadcast Journalism Major
Bachelor of Arts
Denver is the 18th largest television market in the U.S., providing thousands of jobs and ample opportunity for growth. And while the journalism industry is constantly evolving to adapt to the way the news is distributed, the demand for multi-skilled journalists has remained consistently high for years. As a multi-faceted industry that requires technical know-how and the ability to be comfortable and confident in front of a rolling camera, broadcast journalism is no exception to this rule. If you’re passionate about telling stories and aspire to distribute visual news, MSU Denver can show you the way.
The Broadcast Journalism B.A. prepares students for reporting, producing, and delivering news and news programs via radio, television and video. Instruction focuses on the methods and techniques for reporting the news, including the principles of broadcast technology, broadcast reporting, on- and off-camera and microphone procedures, editing, media law, and professional standards and ethics.
A good broadcast journalist makes their job look easy, but every anchor and field reporter will tell you that their job was very difficult to obtain. Through our curriculum, internships and hands-on experience, we’ll mold you into the best broadcast journalism professional required by the industry’s standards. Whether you dream of being in front of the lens, behind the camera or in the production booth, the path to your dream job in broadcasting begins at MSU Denver.
As a Broadcast Journalism major, you will be encouraged to explore all aspects of journalism and production to make you a well-rounded candidate as you enter the workforce. We’ll work with you and help you discover your talents that best fit the degrees we offer, such as:
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
The Department of Journalism and Technical Communication offers its students prolific internship opportunities. Journalism and Technical Communication majors are highly skilled and have gained real-world experience at several media outlets, nonprofit organizations and businesses throughout Colorado; including:
- Fox 31 News
- Rocky Mountain PBS
- High Noon Entertainment
- Denver Post TV
- Altitude Sports and Entertainment
- Mainstream Films, LLC
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
With a degree in Broadcast Journalism from MSU Denver, you’ll have the required skills to enter the job market as soon as you’ve graduated. The average entry-level salary for broadcasters is $46,500. Some of the career opportunities you’ll have with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism include:
- News Reporter
- Production Producer
- News Producer
- Audio/Visual Engineer
- Video Editor
Hear from our students:
“I love that I was able to dig into most aspects of journalism. It wasn’t, ‘You’re doing print and that’s all you’re doing,’ or ‘You’re only doing broadcasting.’ It was, ‘You can do podcasting, you can do layout and design for a magazine, you can do all that and see what you’re really drawn to.’”
Andrea Herrera, MSU Denver '18
Alfredo Sanchez is a multiple time Emmy-winner journalist. In his more than 20 years experience in the media industry, Alfredo has produced thousands of news, sports, and entertainment content hours of high quality television. He also has years of experience as a manager. He has coached broadcasters, taught journalism in Texas and Colorado, and currently oversees the Broadcast Journalism courses at MSU Denver. In his limited spare time, Alfredo is often found running on the track, where he is a 100- and 200-meter specialist.
Jeff Hammond spent much of his professional life in broadcast television at KMGH-TV, Denver’s ABC affiliate. He is also an experienced educational and interactive multimedia trainer. He has served as a social media consultant for the Metropolitan Denver YMCA, and has been a featured audio visual software trainer and presenter for Apple Computer’s MacWorld, the DVD Association, and the Colorado Film and Video Association. In addition, he has authored numerous commercial DVD titles for a variety of professional clients, including Garmin, Time-Warner Cable, the Colorado Film Foundation, Rocky Mountain PBS, Jeppesen, and the US Forest Service. Furthermore, Jeff is an avid road and track cyclist, and is a USA Cycling licensed official.
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver graduates who have earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism are working at several news stations throughout the city, such as:
- Denver 7
- Fox 31
- CBS 4
- Rocky Mountain PBS
Along with the required Journalism and Technical Communication classes you’ll need to take to graduate, here are some of the broadcast courses you might take:
Audio Production for Broadcast
Performance for Broadcast
Sports Broadcasting: Techniques and Practices
Writing for Broadcast Journalism
Writing for Broadcast Media
Facilities and Resources
The Department of Journalism and Technical Communication offers its students to get their hands on the best audio and visual equipment available, and to learn the latest software broadcast professionals are using today. Auraria Campus is located in the heart of downtown Denver, nearby every major broadcast station in the city where you might land internships and permanent employment.