There's a lot of competition for broadcasting positions, but Marietta's Radio and Television program gives you an edge over others seeking internships and jobs. The emphasis we place on learning to write and communicate well is a feature you won't find in many similar programs. Then there's the experience you'll get beginning your freshman year. You can produce programming and broadcasts for two radio stations and a television station -- all as a student, all on campus.
On campus, you'll work in the same environment you find in major-market media outlets. Specialized software drives our new integrated broadcasting computer system and links our newsroom to our radio and television studios. This technology enables our radio announcers to incorporate wire feeds from CNN and the Associated Press into their radio newscasts with ease.
We have so many media outlets on campus that it's easy for you to get experience in print and broadcast journalism, even as a freshman. The McKinney Mass Media Center features:
WMRT-FM 88.3: A 9,200-watt student-run station, with a range of 30 miles, that broadcasts classical music, jazz, and show tunes, as well as national, regional, state and local news, weather and sports -- including play-by-play of Marietta College sports and student-oriented talk shows.
WCMO-FM 98.5: A 10-watt station that broadcasts contemporary music and local events throughout the campus and within a six-mile radius of the City of Marietta. Nearly all of the programming is live and entirely student-driven.
WCMO-TV (Channel 15): An on-campus TV station that broadcasts student-produced nightly news and programs to 12,000 households. The TV facilities include a large main studio, master control, field production equipment, and Final Cut Pro 3 editing system (similar to the systems used by CNN and ESPN).
The Marcolian: One of the top four small-college newspapers in the country, this weekly newspaper has a circulation of 3,000. Students recently won honorable mention in the Overall Excellence Category in competition sponsored by The Society of Collegiate Journalists.
The Mariettana: Marietta's yearbook published by students in Mass Media and Graphic Design and providing students with opportunities in journalism, photography, advertising, and design.
All Broadcasting majors take the following courses:
- Mass Media and Society
- Introduction to Broadcast Production
- Writing for Media
- Electronic Media in America
- Audio Production
- Broadcast Journalism
- Video Production
- Practical Statistics
- Principals of Macroeconomics
- Foundations in Leadership
- Principles of Marketing
- Senior Capstone Course: Media Ethics and Law
The Broadcasting major also requires an internship and additional Mass Media electives.
Broadcasting students get hands-on experience at small and large broadcast operations, from Marietta area stations to outlets in Boston, New York, and even national networks. Our students have recently interned with CNN, Clear Channel Radio, Ohio News Network, and TV stations in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, and Parkersburg.
Clubs & Organizations
The Society for Collegiate Journalists is a national honorary society for collegiate mass communications. It selects students who have been active in journalism or broadcasting for one full year at the institution and who exemplify academic excellence.
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is the national leadership honor society that selects students showing superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character.
Follow the bios below to find out more about our successful alumni.
The Vernon E. "Dan" McGrew Scholarship is given to qualified students in the Department of Mass Media.
The William M. Sheppard Scholarship is awarded to a student interested in print media and majoring in one of the programs in the Department of Mass Media.
The Carleton Knight III Memorial goes to the graduating senior demonstrating excellence in a mass-media program.