Biola's broadcast concentration makes the power of visual stories one tool among many for students preparing for exciting change in 21st-century broadcasting.
As a broadcast student with the core of journalism courses completed, you will choose electives that equip you to do the reporting, editing and visual storytelling that are crucial to success in top-level television markets. You also will learn about radio and the many cross-over skills it provides for television career and gain an understanding of the theory, history and concepts of deadline news, which puts feet on those concepts through 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.
Mastering another language will be emphasized so that you can not only use your television or radio insights for mainstream, English-speaking media, but also 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, you will be urged to participate in summer-long or semester study and internships outside the United States where you 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 you launching points for entry to competitive internships and jobs after graduation.
Not many schools take Biola's approach to broadcast instruction — one that prepares you 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 you 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, so you will be challenged to shape your Christian worldview 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.
Upon completing broadcast requirements, you will be well 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, and well prepared for the vast array of broadcast approaches to public relations for corporate, non-profit, and ministry-related, or missions audiences, or for graduate study in communications, law, theology, missions, and higher education.
The cross-cultural media concentration gives journalism students the specific skills, training, sensitivities and language preparation needed to interact with and understand people from various cultures — advantageous for those who plan to work as internationally or in culturally diverse settings.