Broadcast Journalism


Studying Broadcast 

Students interested in pursuing broadcast journalism careers can develop their skills in our state-of-the-art broadcast studio, the ultimate lab for hands-on learning of all facets of video production. We're creating journalists who can shoot video and stills, edit video, write, perform on camera while also mastering the many facets of behind-the-scenes studio production and can write for the web as part of posting their content online. They graduate fully equipped to follow their passion...producing high quality video and content, whether it be for broadcast news, documentaries, sports outlets or their own YouTube channel. From courses that show the basics of creating a multimedia news package to producing doumentaries and developing on-air performance, UMass Journalism prepares for success in broadcast journalism. 


Journal 339: Video Content Creation
Journal 390B: Digital Sports Production I
Journal 390C: Digital Sports Production II
Journal 391SB: Sports Talk Live!
Journal 444: Short-Form Documentary
Journal 495BP: Broadcast Performance
Journal 495N: Video Content Creation II

Broadcast Studio

Our state-of-the-art broadcast studio is equipped for television news production with 3 HD Professional Grass Valley LDX series cameras, the AP ENPS news production system and 16 iMac workstations with Adobe Creative Suite. The control room features a multi-display of up to 32 video sources, a professional video production switcher and an audio room with professional audio mixer with 48 audio inputs. 


Greeley Kyle joined the UMass Journalism faculty in July 2014. Greeley teaches reporting, interviewing, writing, visual storytelling, ethics and many of the intricacies of broadcast news. His students have to demonstrate a competency in shooting, editing and writing for broadcast and web as well as on-air performance. Greeley earned his M.A. in Journalism at the University of Memphis, and his B.S. in Communications at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he was on football scholarship. From 1994-2014 Greeley taught at the Missouri School of Journalism and served as Executive News Editor at KOMU-TV.

AmherstWireTV is a portal for the students of the UMass Amherst Journalism Department to begin reaching the world. Real journalism needs a real outlet, and this is where our broadcast and online students can showcase their work in production, on-air, sports and documentary film making. Students have the freedom to go where their curiosity and creativity take them, while we focus them on good storytelling, strong writing, and powerful visuals.  We give them hands-on training in professional media. Our students learn the classic values of journalism, as outlined by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel in their book The Elements of Journalism, “an obligation to the truth… loyalty to the citizens… and a discipline of verification.”


Internships are a great way to build your portfolio and experience working in a broadcast newsroom. Our students have interned at TV stations such as Western Mass News and ESPN, on shows like WCVB's "Chronicle" and with sports organizations. Working on your reel in classes and through independent studies can help you land a competitive internships at big networks like NBC and ultimately a job post-graduation. 


We have a growing number of alumni working in broadcast journalism all over the country. From WBZ Boston to Fox 5 Vegas, ESPN in Bristol, CT, to CBS 7 in Bozeman, Montana, our alumni are finding jobs as on-air reporters, producers, production assistants, digital content creators and in production operations. Our curriculum allows students to explore many careers in broadcast journalism. 

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