Converged Broadcast Media | Department of Media Arts

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Converged Broadcast Media

YOUR FUTURE IN CONVERGED BROADCAST MEDIA

Interested in television, radio and the web? Fascinated by emerging media technologies and what it means for television and radio news, information broadcasting and the world of electronic media?

Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Converged Broadcast Media (CBCM) at the University of North Texas will prepare you for a career in television, radio and Internet-based news operations at the local, national and international levels. Other career fields include:

  • Video storytelling
  • Long-form broadcast storytelling, such as a news magazine show
  • Multichannel television
  • Digital converged media production
  • Creative services and marketing
  • Corporate media
  • Audience research
  • Documentary programming

WHAT WE OFFER

In the Converged Broadcast Media program, you'll receive a comprehensive education in media convergence, radio, television and their social media and Internet components. In addition, you'll learn about live TV news broadcasting, live on-location production, and sports, entertainment and political event coverage.

Our course work examines a wide range of subjects, such as:

  • Electronic news management
  • Interviewing and performance
  • News media analysis
  • Shooting and editing for television
  • Writing and reporting for radio, television and the Internet

Electives offer opportunities for sports broadcasting, TV news production, directing and broadcast production, radio and television announcing, and videography.

While pursuing your degree, you can simultaneously earn a certificate in television news producing, electronic media management and Spanish language media.

Our faculty members are internationally recognized scholars, seasoned media professionals and award-winning documentary producers. Their books are used in university courses throughout the world, and faculty-produced films and programs have aired on network television and at international media festivals.

Faculty members also work for and have been recognized by the Broadcast Education Association, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Emmys Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalists, among other national and international organizations.

You can hone your skills by working at one of our two award-winning student media outlets. Our 100,000-watt radio station (KNTU-FM) and cable television station (ntTV) have won awards on the local, state and national levels. Both have websites staffed by our students.

Internships are required in this major and heavily stressed in the department. Internships allow you to gain valuable work experience and possibly earn academic credit. Internship opportunities abound because of the university's location. The Dallas-Fort Worth region is the nation's fifth largest media market.

Scholarships are available to eligible students who need financial assistance while pursuing their undergraduate degree.

WHAT TO EXPECT

You'll be classified as a pre-major in Converged Broadcast Media while meeting departmental requirements. To be eligible for major status, you'll need to complete at least 42 credit hours of course work, including a list of required pre-major courses, with at least a 2.75 UNT GPA.

Transfer students should expect to spend one or more semesters as pre-majors before applying to the program. Visit the catalog for more details.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center conducts workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

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