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Journalism & Broadcasting

The Journalism and Broadcasting program (JOBR) is a multi-layered study of traditional and contemporary aspects related to the news media industry. This program aims to teach students in different areas of news media:

Journalism

Students learn the foundations of journalism such as the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics, Associated Press style, and publicly available information through basic courses like News Gathering and Writing. Students learn to research, write, photograph, and edit news stories for print in newspapers and magazines as well as online through websites and social media. Courses include:

  • Feature Writing
  • News and Magazine Editing
  • Advanced Reporting.

Broadcasting

In the Broadcasting area, classes will help students learn how to present traditional journalism into a broadcast format. Emphasis on radio broadcasting and podcasting, television and streaming broadcasts, and digital video production will help students to develop multimedia skills that are required for today’s journalist. Courses include: 

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Broadcast Production
  • Digital Video Production.

Internships

Students have the opportunity from their first week in college until their graduating semester to be a part of the Texan News Service. Texan News Service publishes a student newspaper, maintains an online news portal, and produces Texan TV broadcasts. This is a paid internship with the opportunity for promotion. Interested students can find information about applying to the internship online.

We have contacts with a number of community journalism news outlets through the Texas Center for Community Journalism, a journalism organization based at Tarleton. This relationship affords our students opportunities for internships and jobs at community papers in Erath and surrounding counties in the Cross Timbers area and across the state.

Facilities

The Department of Communication Studies has technology and facilities comparable to what students will find on-the-job in their career to develop their multimedia and journalism skills. We have a newsroom with a four-desk carousel, integrated control room and broadcast studio, and editing bays for digital video and audio production.

You can find academic advising guides and course rotations for Communication Studies in the online catalog. 

Programs and Opportunities

Texan TV broadcast studio

Broadcast Studio

Broadcast studio where Texan TV broadcasts and others are produced.

Tarleton radio production suite

Production Suite

Radio broadcast and podcast production suite.

Broadcasting students in the Texan TV control room

Texan TV

Journalism and Broadcasting students producing Texan TV in the control room.

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Opportunities

Opportunities for internships and jobs through the Texas Center for Community Journalism.

Testimonials

Alejandra Arreguin

Alejandra Arreguin

Class of 2016. I’m currently the morning news producer for KWTX. This is the CBS-affiliated station in Waco and I also work with our Telemundo affiliate.

Quanecia Fraser

Quanecia Fraser

I'm a news reporter at KETV, the ABC affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska. I report on a variety of stories and go live nearly every day. I saw some of the first Americans come from Wuhan, China after being exposed to COVID-19. I cover stories that make me smile and some that make me want to cry. I've also had some opportunities to fill-in at the anchor desk which has been fun! I am so grateful for my experience at Tarleton and everything I learned at Texan News. Go Texans!

Ashley Inge

Ashley Inge

I graduated from Tarleton State University in December 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. My current job is Staff Writer for the Hood County News. I am also the former managing editor of the Texan News Service.

Cassie Hamilton

Cassie Hamilton

I graduated in May of 2016

While attending Tarleton, I was a social media/public relations intern for the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Los Angeles

Started my career at KFDA NewsChannel10 in Amarillo, TX in 2016 shortly after graduation as a morning show news producer

I'm currently the evening news anchor and executive producer at KFDA My day to day now consists of writing/producing shows, proofreading reporter stories, and scripts, MMJing stories where I shoot, write, and edit them together myself, and anchor the 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts

Amanda Ogle

Amanda Ogle

I graduated in the spring of 2013. Now, I am a freelance writer and editor based near Fort Worth, Texas. I write mainly about travel, food and drink, sustainability, health and fitness, and general lifestyle topics. I usually am traveling throughout the year on assignment for articles, and have written for Travel + Leisure, National Geographic, Virtuoso Traveler, Texas Highways, OZY, and many more publications. You can find all of my work at amandaogle.com. After I graduated from Tarleton, I went on to UNT and earned a master's in journalism. I was an editor at American Way before going freelance, and have been freelance for almost four years now.