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The School of Communication offers two areas of concentration in Broadcasting: Broadcast News or New Media.  Broadcast News majors will study the nuances of radio and television broadcasting, gaining experience in writing, producing and presenting.  Students in this area will earn either a Bachelor of Arts degree, which requires completion of 16 hours of one foreign language, or a Bachelor of Science degree which requires completion of at least 15 hours in a second field of interest, to complement career goals.  Students have chosen such areas as Political Science, History, Physical Education, Art and Theatre.  As a capstone experience for the Broadcast News concentration, students participate in a live newscast called The Omaha News which is broadcast on the Knowledge Network.

New Media majors will apply media technology with a multi-media focus, such as Web maintenance design, video production and electronic publishing.  Students in New Media earn a Bachelor of Science degree. 

broadcast news curriculum.
Broadcast News Core:
     Media Writing
     Radio and TV News Writing
     Television Production I
     Radio Production I
     Television News Video

Students may also choose to take the following courses:
     Political Broadcasting
     Mass Media Ethics
     Mass Communication and Public Opinion
     Communication Law
     Telecommunication Regulation


New Media Curriculum.
New Media Core:
     Media Writing
     Radio & TV News Writing
     Television Production I
     Radio Production I
     Television News Video
     Publication Design & Graphics
     Computer-Mediated Communication

Students may choose a variety of the following courses:
     Television Production II
     Radio Production II: Multimedia Audio
     Electronic Media Management
     Telecommunication Regulation
     Video Media Projects
     Advanced Broadcast Journalism Newscast
     Film Theory and Criticism

Students with a concentration in New Media will take a variety of media technology courses from the departments of Art and Art History, Computer Science, English, Information Science, Music and Theatre.  Examples include:

    Digital Media Production
    Video Art, Information Design
    Introduction to Music Technology
    Digital Synthesis
    Sound Design
    Technical Editing
    Multimedia Systems

Communication Electives
Students are required to take adviser-approved elective courses in Broadcasting, Journalism and Speech.

Internship & Capstone
Students must complete at least one capstone project and an internship in their area of interest.
Internships offer students an opportunity to work in real-life situations within their future career field while practicing skills learned in the classroom. UNO School of Communication majors have interned at:

Waitt Radio
Clear Channel Communications
Cox Communications
Omaha area TV stations
Omaha Royals
UNO Sport Information

Minimum Credit Hour Requirement
A minimum of 125 total credit hours is required for a Bachelor’s degree. This includes academic core as well as Broadcasting/Journalism coursework.

General Electives
In addition to the required courses, students may need a certain number of general electives to meet the minimum credit requirement.


broadcasting faculty.
The credentials of the School of Communication faculty offer an impressive blend of academic and professional experience. The school is composed of 28 full-time faculty, 20 part-time faculty and 10 graduate teaching assistants.

Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz, Director, School of Communication
Communication Law, Internet/Computer-Mediated Communication, Digital Media, Mass Communication Theory, Mass Communication and Public Opinion, Telecommunication Regulation

Dr. Chris Allen
Broadcast/Journalism History, Journalism Ethics, Pop Culture Journalism, Radio Production, Radio & TV Newswriting, History of Mass Communication

Dr. Michael Hilt
Broadcast Education, Media and the Elderly, Local TV News, Sports & Media, Broadcast Journalism, Radio & TV Newswriting, Sportscasting, Interviewing

Dr. Dave Ogden
Baseball History and Culture, Radio Production, Media Relations

Mr. Steven Walker
TV Production, Film Theory & Criticism, Film History and Appreciation

Dr. Deborah Smith-Howell
Political Communication/Broadcasting

UNO School of Communication
Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz, Director