Biola's Broadcast News emphasis makes the power of visual stories one tool among many for students preparing for exciting change in 21st century broadcasting.
Students in this emphasis, after taking a core of Journalism courses, choose electives that equip them to do the reporting, editing and visual storytelling that are crucial to success in top-level television markets. They also learn about radio and the many cross-over skills it provides for television careers. Students begin with an understanding of the theory, history and concepts of deadline news, then put feet on those concepts with hands-on projects in campus broadcasting and off-campus internships. Projects involve both studio work and field production. Biola's location in the Los Angeles region — number two media market in the nation — makes it a natural crossroads for guest speakers and relevant class projects.
Biola Journalism students are encouraged to master another language and use their television or radio insights not only for mainstream, English-speaking media, but for the many niche broadcast stations and networks serving rapidly growing populations of Hispanics, Asians and other international groups in Southern California and across the United States. Application of the best television journalism techniques to media in cross-cultural missions and church ministry are also encouraged.
Through careful student-advising, Biola Journalism students are urged toward summer-long or semester study and internships outside the United States where they can be stretched culturally and given new insight into the meaning of journalism across ethnic and socio-economic lines. Biola's campus television and radio stations offer launching points for students' entry to competitive internships and jobs after graduation.
Not many schools take Biola's approach to broadcast instruction — one that prepares students to master not merely the deadline package, but the growing interdependence of broadcasting with Internet media. All Biola Journalism majors begin their coursework with year-long study of — and hands-on projects in — convergent media. It is a foundation helping students see the interplay of print media, television media and radio helping the combined power of each to be maximized by their interactivity on the Web.
The ethics and philosophy of journalism are pivotal at Biola. All students are challenged to shape their Christian world-view by means of practical study and discussion with peers, faculty, and professional mentors through a senior seminar, through Biola's annual Journalist-in-Residence series, and through tour-based courses in such locations as New York, Washington, D.C., and overseas media markets. Journalism is a high calling; students at Biola learn how God makes that calling uniquely clear for them.
Students completing Biola's broadcast emphasis are equipped for internships and jobs with television and radio stations in small, mid-size and top-ten markets doing writing, reporting, production, directing and news management. They are prepared for the vast array of broadcast approaches to public relations for corporate, non-profit, and ministry-related, or missions audiences. They are also prepared for graduate study in communications, law, theology, missions, and higher education.