Overview

The Department of Journalism and Media Management offers a major in Broadcast Journalism.

The Department of Journalism and Media Management emphasizes hands-on learning and critical thinking within a multicultural, international context. Our students consistently win regional and national awards, and obtain prestigious internships and long-term positions in a competitive media marketplace. Additionally, they are meeting the challenges of the evolving media industry through entrepreneurial leadership.  Our graduates also gain admission to excellent graduate programs and professional schools in a variety of fields.

Four majors are offered in the Department of Journalism and Media Management. The department's programs attract students interested in working in these specific fields, but also provide strong writing, creative, and analytical skills to students who pursue careers in other fields, such as law and business. 

The School of Communication’s Electronic Media and Broadcast Journalism majors are designed for students who intend to pursue professional work in electronic news, production operations and allied fields. 

Students majoring in these subjects study all aspects of television, radio, cable, broadband, digital and mobile operations. All Broadcast Journalism and Electronic Media students are encouraged to become involved in UMTV (the campus cable television channel available to the community, the UM campus and over the web) and the student-run radio station, WVUM-FM, serving South Florida.

The School's facilities include a state-of-the-art radio studio, two high-definition television studios, digital post-production suites and related capabilities.

Curriculum Requirements

JMM 102Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age3
JMM 108Writing for the Digital Age3
COM 250Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics3
Advanced Writing and Communication Skills Requirement
COS 211Public Speaking3
or COS 333 Business Communication
or JMM 233 Television Performance
Other Required Courses
JMM 208Fundamentals of Newsgathering3
JMM 245Introduction to Electronic Media Production3
JMM 303Communication Law and Policy3
JMM 317Broadcast Journalism3
JMM 345Intermediate Electronic Media Production3
JMM 445Advanced Electronic Media Production3
JMM 517Television News Reporting3
JMM 527Television News Producing3
Select 6 additional credit hours in School of Communication courses6
Additional Suggested Courses
Consider additional elective options in Broadcast Journalism, which include (but are not limited to) the following:
Visual Design
Television Performance
Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management
Media Research and Analysis
Legal Issues in Media Management
Special Topics in Journalism and Media Management II
Mobile Journalism
Data Journalism
Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization
Web Design
Latinos and the Media
Special Topics in Journalism and Media Management III
Interactive Storytelling
The Business of Modern Journalism
Covering the Arts
Public Affairs Reporting
Advanced Electronic Media Production
Travel Writing
In-depth Journalism and Media Convergence
Sports and the Media
Seminar in News Ethics and Problems
Internship in Journalism and Media Management
Projects and Directed Research
Latin American Media Systems
Global Media
Seminar in Visual Storytelling
Sports Reporting
Television News Producing
Social Media
Advanced Audio Video Narratives
Feature Writing
Special Topics in Journalism and Media Management
Other JMM or COM courses as approved by a faculty advisor in JMM
Additional Requirements
ENG 105 & ENG 1066
MTH 113 or JMM 285 or STC 1033
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
STEM Cognate9
Minor, Second Major and Electives51
Total Credit Hours120

Upper Level Elective Requirement

36 credits at the 300 level or higher are required for graduation. These credits may be earned from your major, minor and/or second major, and electives. 

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
JMM 102 Understanding Media and Content in the Digital Age 3
JMM 285 Applied Statistics for Journalism and Media Management (Course also satisfies School's Math requirement) 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 108 Writing for the Digital Age 3
JMM 245 Introduction to Electronic Media Production 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
JMM 208 Fundamentals of Newsgathering 3
COM 250 Freedom of Expression and Communication Ethics 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
STEM Cognate 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 345 Intermediate Electronic Media Production 3
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Business Communication  
Television Performance  
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
JMM 303 Communication Law and Policy 3
JMM 317 Broadcast Journalism 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 445 Advanced Electronic Media Production 3
JMM Elective Approved by JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
JMM 517 Television News Reporting 3
JMM Elective Approved by JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
JMM 527 Television News Producing 3
JMM Elective Approved by JMM Faculty Advisor 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
Minor, Second Major or Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

 Mission

The goal of the broadcast journalism major is to teach students to identify news and recognize the story in a complex field of fact and opinion, conduct journalistic research, and to effectively produce content for various media formats. In addition, the major provides students with an appreciation of journalistic ethics and best practices in journalism. Although the term “broadcast” is still part of the official title of this major, the program recognizes the ongoing convergence of news media functions across all distribution platforms.

Goals

The goal of the broadcast journalism major is to teach students to identify news and recognize the story in a complex field of fact and opinion, conduct journalistic research, and to effectively produce content for various media formats. In addition, the major provides students with an appreciation of journalistic ethics and best practices in journalism. Although the term “broadcast” is still part of the official title of this major, the program recognizes the ongoing convergence of news media functions across all distribution platforms.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to acquire, critically analyze, and present journalistic messages in an appropriate format using sound reasoning and journalistic principles.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of contemporary equipment, technologies, and workflows, as well as key theoretical concepts of audio/visual/interactive storytelling.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and practice the values, ethics, laws, social responsibilities and expectations of the profession.