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Journalism and Broadcasting

Overview

Our Journalism and Broadcasting concentration will provide you with real-world experience and hands-on training that will allow you to compete in an ever-changing field. Taught by media veterans - including a Pulitzer Prize winner and another whose resume includes writing for The New York Times. The carefully sequenced program uses industry best practices and follows the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics in every class. 

Choose a concentration in Journalism and Broadcasting and get an advantage over other job applicants after graduation, all thanks to the top-notch education and experience you will receive from Tarleton State University's excellent program and accompanying facilities.  

A One-of-a-Kind Program

As one of the only institutions with a fully functional and operational news station with state-of-the-art equipment, our main goal is to offer: 

  • Hands-on coursework to prepare you for a career in the Journalism & Broadcasting fields;
  • Internships that provide you with real-world experience; and
  • The best possible education in all things related to news including information collection, writing, editing and more.

Measure Your Success

Join our students and have your work published regularly in local and regional publications. Take advantage of opportunities to win national, state and regional awards.  Our former and current students have won numerous awards for their work, including first places in SPJ contests and in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association annual competition. Take advantage of the opportunities to enhance your education beyond the walls of the classroom. 

Get Certified and Become a Teacher

The Department of Communication Studies has a highly successful program for training prospective secondary teachers. With a pass rate of 100% on the state ExCet exam and the new TExES exams for certification, our program will mold you into the teacher you want to be. Learn more about the Teacher Certification requirements.

Bethany Kyle
I learned so much in my time working for the Texan News Service. I made connections which have greatly helped me in my life and career since graduation. Students who choose Journalism and Broadcasting won't be disappointed.

Bethany Kyle, Class of 2014

Program Objectives

  • Teach the investigative skills and hands-on experience that employers demand. 
  • Present opportunities to earn top honors from the Society of Professional Journalism (SPJ), as well as have their work displayed in several Texas newspapers and magazines. 
  • Provide opportunity to work with the Texan News Service and Texan TV News through coursework and internships. 

Coursework Highlights

The Journalism and Broadcasting concentration option offers several fascinating courses, such as:

Class Number Class Name
COMM 1316 News Photography I
COMM 2307 Audio Production
COMM 2311 News Gathering and Writing I
COMM 2333 Broadcast Journalism
COMM 3308 Digital Video Production
COMM 3317 News and Feature Writing I
COMM 3318 News and Magazine Editing

Facilities and Features

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Media Convergence Lab

This state-of-the-art facility delivers hands-on experience in both newsgathering and broadcasting. In this unique 'learning lab' environment, you will collaborate with peers in real-world situations to meet daily deadlines, compile and edit news stories and produce both radio and TV broadcasts on a regular basis. 

Student at news desk.

Texan TV News

Become a part of the The Texan Television News program, a student-run news station that produces broadcasts from the O.A. Grant Building right here on campus. Students who work for this fast-paced, fully operational news station will gain real-world experience in creating and delivering news to the Tarleton, Stephenville, and Cross Timbers communities.

O.A. Grant Building

Texan News Service

Join the Texan News Service (TNS), a student-run news team that delivers news for the Cross Timbers region of Texas. Produce both online and print newspapers using writing and photojournalism skills learned in our hands-on courses. Through these mediums, our students update the Tarleton and Cross Timbers communities with the most current information and news.