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Broadcast Journalism Major

Learn to gather, produce, and deliver news for radio and TV. This major prepares you for careers as news and sports journalists, board and camera operators, writers, anchors, and video editors through hands-on training in three different media outlets (PSTV, WARP, and WQKE).

Develop the skills you’ll need to be ready for the many facets of the broadcast news industry with a strong liberal arts core, courses in journalism, ethics, on-air performance, broadcast writing, and media production.

Learn about the many career opportunities a broadcast journalism major can have!

Bachelor of Arts or Science (B.A. or B.S.) in Broadcast Journalism (120 credits)

Program Requirements

8 Semester Graduation Plan — 120 Credits

Please note: This plan is provided as a guideline. Students will still need to work with advisors to fine-tune their schedule choices to accomplish their personal goals in the program. It is the students who are ultimately responsible for registering, tracking, and managing their own progress toward their degree requirements with the assistance of their Degree Works profile.

Important Reminders — graduation requirements:

1. General Education course requirements should be completed by the beginning of your junior year.

2. A minimum of 120 overall credits with at least 45 upper-level credits are required to graduate.

Upper-level courses are numbered in the 300–400 series (300 thru 499).

3.To acquire this degree four courses require a grade of “C” or better — CMM101, CMM118, CMM288, and CMM 333.

(CMM333 is the AWR—advanced writing requirement for this major.)

Year 1 — Freshman

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 101 Introduction to Public Speaking 3   CMM 118 Media & Society 3
CMM 232 Basic Audio Production 3   Open Elective Elective Course 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Gen Ed Course Information & Technology Literacy 1
ENG 101 College Writing II 3   Gen Ed Course Natural Science (3–4 cr.) 4
Gen Ed Course World Systems or Foreign Language 3   Gen Ed Course Mathematics 3
Total   15   Total   14

Year 2 — Sophomore

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 209 Broadcast Announcing Practicum 1   CMM 229 Basic Video Planning & Production 3
CMM 288 Fundamentals of Electronic Media 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Open Elective Elective Course 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List)  
Gen Ed Course Humanities or The Arts 3   Gen Ed Course Gen Ed Elective (Skills/Knowledge) 3
Gen Ed Course US or Western Civilization 3   Gen Ed Course Gen Ed Elective (Skills/Knowledge) 3
Total   13   Total   12

Year 3 — Junior

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM 385 Digital Video Editing 3   CMM 333 Writing for Broadcast Journalism 3
CMM Course Application & Development Block 3   CMM 334 On-Camera Performance 3
CMM Course Communication Contexts Block 3   CMM Course Application & Development Block 3
300/400 Upper Level Elective 3   CMM Course Culture & Communication Block 3
Gen Ed Course Global Issues (3–4 cr.) 3   300/400 Upper Level Elective 3
Total   15   Total   15

Year 4 — Senior

Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Course or Course Category Credits   Course or Course Category Credits
CMM Course Theoretical Foundation Block 3   CMM 491 Senior Seminar 1
CMM 458 Producing & Reporting TV News 4   CMM 459 Advanced TV News Production 4
CMM Course Culture & Communication Block 3   CMM Course Communication Contexts Block 3
300/400 Upper Level Elective 3   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 4   Open Elective Elective (or see Production Focus List) 3
Total   17   Total   14

*Applies to curriculum posted in SUNY Plattsburgh program catalog as of 2016–2017 academic year. 115 credits

Production Focus List (suggested elective options)

Course** How It Fits in With This Major Prerequisite Credits
CMM 233 TV Station Operations Work as audio crew for PSTV CMM229 & CMM232 3
CMM 312 Fundamentals of Multimedia Gain background in digital media CMM118 & sophomore standing 3
CMM 360 Multimedia Storytelling Advance your digital narrative skills CMM229 or CMM312 or POI 3
CMM 460 Sports Broadcasting In-depth media sports productions CMM229 & CMM333 4
CMM 496 Lab Assistantship Work in the audio laboratories CMM232, POI, & application 3
CMM 498 Internships Full or part-time internships GPA & application process 3/6/12

Other Recommendations to Boost Your Potential

Double Major Options Minor Needed
Double major with audio-radio production Add a broadcast management minor
Double major with digital media production Add a marketing minor
Double major with TV-video production Add a business minor

**Besides Pre-req’s, courses may require minimum GPA and/or application process

(Note: POI = Permission of Instructor )

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For more information about communication studies programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, or to arrange a campus visit, please contact

Timothy Clukey, Chairperson
Office: Yokum Hall 111A
Phone: (518) 564-4290
Email: Timothy.Clukey@plattsburgh.edu

Department of Communication Studies
SUNY Plattsburgh
Yokum Hall 103B
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-2681