In the Mass Communication Foundations (MCF) - Broadcast Journalism course, students will learn and apply the principles of broadcast journalism and video production. Emphasizing attention to process and storytelling, students apply critical thinking and their knowledge of the laws and policies governing the use of copyrighted materials to create and produce entry-level quality television spots and radio products.
The broadcast video curriculum builds on the storytelling foundation achieved in the MCF course. The lessons further promote a clear understanding of a story’s purpose and characteristics, and explore video storytelling techniques and the tools a storyteller uses to connect with the audience. Throughout the course, students will refine and strengthen their writing skills from MCF by learning and applying various broadcast writing techniques to write news stories, news features, as well as television and radio spots. They write scripts and other broadcast writing products, and use professional quality equipment to produce video products for use in multiple media platforms. Students are introduced to the stand-up technique, which adds depth to a story, provides another view of the action or helps the viewer better understand part of the story. Students will synthesize current theories and best practices of aural and visual media and shoot, edit and create video features about people, places, or events using a more creative approach than used for a traditional news story. Students learn about the different types of spots, and identify the appropriate strategy and approach to effectively communicate themes and messages, and create public service announcements that focus on command information to keep target audiences informed.
Service Prerequisites: MCF - Broadcast Journalism (BJ)
Must be enlisted E-1 through E-5
Soldiers must meet prerequisites outlined in 611-21
E-5 with less than 12 months TIG
Must be a high school graduate or have high school equivalency
Minimum of 2 years of high school English
Minimum GT score of 107
Minimum physical profile of 211121
Meet height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9
Pass APFT prior to graduation.
GS-05 and above
If below GS-05, the requester must be a high school graduate or have a certificate of equivalency
U.S. Air Force
E-1 through E-6
Minimum score of 72 on general area of ASVAB
AFAQE score of 43
Must have distant visual acuity correctable to 20/20 with normal color vision
Must be eligible for SECRET security clearance
Must have a current driver's license
Must pass English Diagnostics Test
Must pass voice audition
E-1 through E-5
ASVAB: VE + AR = 115 (VE must be 56 or higher)
Normal color vision
Must be a United States Citizen
Remaining enlistment of 5 years
Must be eligible to obtain a SECRET security clearance
Prerequisites cannot be waived.
U.S. Marine Corps
Minimum GT score of 110 (waiverable to 107)
Minimum VE score of 45- Must have normal color vision
Must be eligible for a SECRET security clearance.
U.S. Coast Guard
Must be enlisted E-3 through E-6
Auxiliary PAO with service chief approval
ASVAB requirement of minimum VE+AR=109 and minimum VE score of 54
Type minimum of 20 wpm.