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School of Communication

Broadcast Major

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Students gain hands-on experience in the U-View Newscast Production class. Photo | Christopher Rolinson
Students prepare their live newscast, Point News, in the University's television studio. Watch a video to learn more.

Earn your Degree in Broadcast Reporting

Can you picture yourself on the evening news? Hear yourself on the radio? You’ll get an opportunity to prepare for careers in broadcasting with our broadcast reporting major, which is one part strong academics, one part insight and one part hands-on experience. You’ll get started within our classes and then move outside into the professional world. In this program, broadcasting internships are a must, and with so many AM, FM, television stations and production houses in and around Pittsburgh, they’re easy to find.

Classroom and extracurricular activities include commercial, news and script writing; producing, directing and editing for radio/TV; on-air performance skills; program scheduling and production; corporate broadcasting; announcing; and station promotions.

You can put your classroom learning to work by joining the staff of the award-winning, student-operated radio station, WPPJ (AM-670). Television majors can produce shows and other content for U-View, Point Park’s Student Broadcasting Network. And we encourage you to join Point Park's chapter of the National Broadcasting Society, a professional group that connects you with other students, local broadcast media, professional groups and reputable local broadcasters.

Broadcast Studio

One of the most state-of-the-art broadcast production facilities in Western Pennsylvania is all yours, right here at Point Park. If you can dream it, you can produce it here because the Point Park University production facilities are capable of anything.

The 24-by-72 foot studio/sound stage has a 10-foot-high lighting grid, three Sony digital studio cameras (with teleprompters), a seamless two-wall hard cyclorama, a four-seat news desk with a painted backdrop mural of Pittsburgh's breathtaking skyline, a video/engineering control room equipped with tools for you to do anything, a live announcer's booth, a 40-channel audio board, routers that will patch any source into any destination, and a grommetted green-screen. The only part that's missing is you!

It's got everything you need to make your wildest dreams come to life. Be a part of the action, and your career in broadcasting will begin in 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... 2  ... 1.

Broadcasting Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in your major. Some of the courses in the broadcast reporting program include:

  • Broadcast Announcing
  • Broadcast News Writing
  • Broadcast Writing and Editing
  • On Camera Performance
  • Radio Production
  • Television Programming and Sales
  • Video Production and Editing

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide links at the top of the page and the School of Communication course descriptions.

Broadcast Journalism Job Opportunities

With a degree in broadcast reporting, you will have the opportunity to pursue various careers in radio or television, such as:

  • Newscaster
  • News writer or reporter
  • Producer or assistant producer
  • Promotions
  • Radio show host
  • Sports broadcaster