When you major in Broadcast Journalism, you gain knowledge and skills in writing, reporting, public speaking and meeting deadlines – all skills that prepare you well for the real world, no matter your path. With a Broadcast Journalism degree, you can become a reporter, a TV anchor, a writer, an editor or a producer, and you’ll also be poised for success in digital media, marketing, public relations, corporate communications and law.
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What you’ll study:
Mass communication, media writing, radio and television, news gathering, broadcast journalism
What you can do:
Become a reporter, producer, TV anchor, digital media specialist, sports journalism, public relations, editor or writer
Students have interned at:
- Sirius Radio
- The Wendy Williams Show
- Jazz House Kids
- The Office of Congressman Donald Payne
- The “Live with Kelly and Michael” show
- You’ll receive an iPad, keyboard, microphone and selected apps. This equipment is used throughout your time in the program. The Broadcast Journalism major is iPad based.
- Bloomfield College has welcomed such broadcast journalists to campus as Lori Stokes, Gayle King, Soledad O'Brien, and Maurice DuBois.
- You can produce shows for WCBR, the internet radio station. You’ll take classroom trips to media networks such as CBS, NBC and WBGO Radio.
- Bloomfield College students have the opportunity to attend special on-campus events with media experts.
- Bloomfield College Broadcast Journalism faculty have won prestigious awards, including one for lifetime achievement.
- Bloomfield College students have attended the IBS Radio Conference in New York City and have been finalists for awards in the categories of ” Best Celebrity Artist Interview”, “Best Specialty Show”, “Best Public Affairs Show” and “Best Interview Show.”
- Bloomfield grads have won documentary film awards and have had their videos featured on non-profit organization websites and conferences.
You could be …
A reporter or TV anchor: Median pay $38,870 per year. Journalists inform the public about news and events. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, radio and even social media.
A producer: Median pay $70,950 per year. Producers create television shows, newscasts, movies, live theater, commercials and other productions. They interpret a writer’s script to inform or entertain an audience.
A writer: Median pay $61,240 per year. Writers develop written content for advertisements, books, magazines, movie and television scripts, songs, blogs and other types of media.
An editor: Median pay $57,210 per year. Editors plan, review and revise content for publication.
A public relations specialist: Median pay $58,020 per year. Public relations specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for the organization they represent. They design media releases to shape public perception of their organization and to increase awareness.
(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)
Esther (Miller) Dillard, M.S.
M.S. Communications Science, Syracuse University, August, 1992 B.A. English, SUNY Buffalo, December, 1990
Esther (Miller) Dillard is an Associate Professor of the Communications Concentration in the Humanities Division at Bloomfield College. Before coming to Bloomfield, Dillard was a reporter and anchor in several television markets including her hometown of Buffalo, NY. Television stations she's worked for include: WGRZ-TV Buffalo (NBC), WCBS-Philadelphia, KTVU (FOX) San Francisco, and WEYI-Flint ( NBC).
Currently, she manages students who contribute content to the campus radio station WBCR. See more about the station at this link - www.live365.com/stations/wbcr.
Last semester students in her Broadcast Journalism class produced their own hour-long show featuring reports on campus events and news.
Dillard also takes pride in Bloomfield seniors who present a final example of what they've learned in many of her classes with their final senior presentation called the Communications Capstone. Each capstone is a 10-minute student-produced documentary. Students research topics, interview individuals, shoot video and edit a completed production. Some of their projects can be seen soon on her website.
Dillard is currently developing two video projects expected to be completed in 2016. In the summer of 2015, she collaborated with the Bloomfield Sciences Department and Dr. Gregory Edens to produce a short educational film on Chemical Engineers who have influenced our world.
She's also helping to produce another video project with directors of Bloomfield Colleges' Creative Place Making Initiative. And finally, she’s working with an independent NY-based company that services parents of children diagnosed with autism. This small company called Melody of Autism provides support for parents and caregivers with seminars, teaching material as well as in-home child care services. They are working with Dillard on producing a short series of videos for their website.
Jeanne Nutter, Ph.D.
Ph.D, Communication, Howard University
M.A., Communication, University of Cincinnati
B.A., Speech and Theater, University of Cincinnati
What I teach:
- Introduction to Mass Communication
- Oral Interpretation of Literature
- Radio and Television
- Voice and Speech Production
- Utilizing Tablet Computers
- Professional Communication
- Public Speaking
Jeanne Nutter, Professor of Communication, is the Coordinator of the Broadcast Journalism Concentration. She has been teaching at Bloomfield College since 2001. Early in her career, she worked in the public affairs department of WNBC-TV and the advertising department of the NBC Radio Network. In 1998, working with Hagley Museum and Library, Dr. Nutter helped create an exhibit and pilot documentary film on P.S. DuPont and the African American School rebuilding program. She has collected over fifty hours of oral histories of African Americans in Delaware. This has resulted in several short films: Littleton Mitchell: Human Rights Warrior, Conversation with Luther J. Porter , Conversation with Jane E. Mitchell: African American Nurse, Conversation with Reverend Maurice J. Moyer: Civil Rights Activist and Conversation, Dr. Eugene McGowan: African American School Psychologist and Community Leader and Edward Loper: African American Painter. A Separate Place: The Schools P.S. DuPont Built, a full-length documentary, has aired on WHYY-TV and won an Honorable Mention in the 2003 Wilmington Film Festival and a Best Video Documentary Production in the 2012 Black International Cinema in Berlin, Germany. She has published Growing Up Black in New Castle County an oral history of African Americans. During 2016 she co-produced a series of six documentary films entitled Voices of the Elders: Stories of African Americans in Delaware. This project was a collaboration between the Historical Society of Delaware and WITN22 -TV. In March of 2002, Jeanne Nutter was inducted into the Delaware Women’s Hall of Fame. The Delaware State Education Association awarded Dr. Nutter one of the 2004 Humanities and Civil Rights Awards. In 2015 she was awarded the James H. Gilliam, Jr Humanitarian Award by the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League and in 2016 she was awarded the Oral History of the Mid-Atlantic Region Pogue Award for outstanding and continuing contributions to oral history.