What can I do with a major in Digital and Broadcast Journalism?
UGA Specific Information for Digital and Broadcast Journalism
IMPORTANT NOTE: There has been a departmental change as of Fall 2015, and this major will now be in the Journalism Department listed under the unified "Journalism" major. If you will apply to Grady during Fall 2015 or later, these changes will affect you, but this information is still applicable to your major exploration and professional development. Check here for information and updates on this name change.
Former Digital and Broadcast Information
Students graduate from the Department of Telecommunications with a deep understanding of the critical role digital communication networks play in our world and the professional skills they need to make their voices heard in the global media dialog. Whether you are interested in entertainment media or the world of news and information, the Digital and Broadcast Journalism major will show you how to tell the stories that are important to you and how to share those stories with others through television, radio, film, online and mobile networks. This program is designed to educate students for careers in gathering, analyzing, and delivering the news. It also helps students develop and hone their media writing, news production and performance, creative and critical analysis. Graduates find careers producing, reporting, and anchoring news, feature, sports, entertainment, and weather information for television, radio, online, and mobile news providers. Graduates also find careers producing nonfiction entertainment programming such as documentaries and program series for cable networks and other digital distributors that focus on nonfiction content niches such as Sports, Science, Animals, Food, Travel, and similar subjects. Graduates generally begin in small market stations and work into larger markets.
New Journalism Information
The Journalism major prepares students for jobs in news organizations, including broadcast and multimedia reporting, writing, editing, and producing. Journalism majors work in photojournalism, video journalism, social media, web and publication design, media innovation and entrepreneurship, and news management. Journalism students participate in experiential learning as part of their degree through the Department’s daily newscast, Grady Newsource, and its website, gradynewsource.uga.edu, as well as internships and work at campus media.
** Includes Self-Employed
- The Association for Women in Sports Media at the University of Georgia
- DiGamma Kappa Broadcasting Society
- FilmmakingUnion at UGA
- Grady Newsource
- National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) – UGA Chapter
- Online News Association / Society of Professional Journalists at UGA
- Pandora Yearbook
- The Professional Entertainment & Sports Association (PESA)
- The Red and Black
- UGA Critical Media Studies Interest Group (aka Culture Club)
- WUOG 90.5FM
- To find additional clubs and organizations, go to the Center for Student Organizations
- Connect with your Career Consultant
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
Knowledge/Skills Needed in this Industry
- Get experience with reporting, production, and editing by securing an internship with a TV broadcast station, radio station or production company. Obtaining a production assistant internship is common for students beginning their careers in this field. Internships may be paid or unpaid positions.
- Consider enrolling in New Media Certificate courses to gain an understanding and proficiency in digital media such as coding, new technology and social media.
- Strengthen writing skills by working for The Red and Black, UGAzine, Pandora, Infusion Magazine or other on-campus publications. Gain experience in a variety of positions, including reporting, layout, and editing.
- Volunteer to announce sporting events at UGA or within the community. If you are interested in the sports industry, consider enrolling in the Sports Media Certificate.
- Secure an internship with a broadcasting company, radio station, newspaper, magazine, or a marketing/public relations agency.
- Develop excellent writing, reporting, editing, and public speaking skills.
- Participate in drama/theatre in a directing, acting, or technical crew capacity.
- Gain experience with social media marketing using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Become proficient in social media analytics by using HootSuite.
- Gain proficiency in editing software such as Apple- Final Cut Pro X, Quicktime Pro, and Avid. Additionally, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Fireworks are also very useful in the multimedia industry.
- Compile a portfolio of your on air talent, edited videos, packages, writing samples, and ideas. Making an online portfolio is a good way to market your skills and work samples for job opportunities by using websites such as Issuu, Vimeo, YouTube, Wix and WordPress. For more information and platforms, check out Portfolio Resources on the Career Center website.
Campus Involvement and Domestic Field Study Opportunities
- Pre-Journalism and Digital and Broadcast Journalism majors interested in getting hands-on experience in news production are strongly encouraged to get involved with Grady Newsource, a four-day-a-week, 30-minute newscast that airs on WNEG-TV. Students rotate weekly through every job in the newsroom: producer, playback, assignments editor, anchors, writers, reporters, videographers, sports and weather.
- Host a radio show or intern with WUOG 90.5 FM or WUGA 91.7/97.9 FM or other local radio stations.
- Join DiGamma Kappa, the official broadcasting society at the University of Georgia. The group meets bi-weekly to provide networking opportunities, activities, and social functions within the broadcast and mass media industry. The organization also provides an atmosphere for students to learn about jobs and internships from professionals in the industry.
- Students interested in working in entertainment media are encouraged to apply for the Grady L.A. program, a summer internship/study program in Los Angeles where students work as interns for companies in the entertainment industry paired with Grady coursework, allowing students to receive academic instruction and professional, industry experience simultaneously. Each week, students will be introduced to guest speakers including studio executives, animators, directors, screenwriters, agents, and other key industry players.
LinkedIn Groups to Join
- Internships and Interns
- UGA DiGamma Kappa (DGK)
- University of Georgia Alumni Association Group (UGA)
- University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Alumni
- Tip: Join LinkedIn groups that are related to your career interest. Need help finding groups? Check out the Groups You May Like link under the Interests/Groups tab. Review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined and consider joining them as well.
- For more information on how to effectively utilize LinkedIn, check out the UGA Career Center's Social Media Guide.
Additional Internship/Job Search Tips
- For additional information on internships and job opportunities, look out for emails sent every Tuesday on the Grady Career Services Update listserv. If you are not on that listserv, sign up for the Grady job leads listserv here.
- Follow @UGAGradyCareers for timely job postings and career advice, run by the Grady College Office of Experiential Learning and the UGA Career Center Grady College Career Consultant.
- If you’re interested in working or interning for a specific company, visit that company’s website. Job and internship opportunities are usually listed under the “Careers” tab.
- For information about job salary, company reviews, and job openings, visit Glassdoor and CareerBliss.
- For a general job search, visit websites such as Indeed, Monster and Simply Hired.
Supplemental Career Research Dashboard
Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET (Click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (Type in general term for career of interest)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (Under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- Candid Career (View professionals speaking about their careers under the “Resources” tab and select “Online Resources”)
- CareerSearch (Research employers by location and/or industry)
- GoinGlobal (To access GoinGlobal, login to your Handshake account)
- Handshake (Log in with your UGA MyID and password)
- Idealist (Non-profit jobs)
- USAJobs (Federal jobs)
- American Public Media
- Atlanta Film Festival 365
- Atlanta Film Society
- Digital Media Jobs Network
- Entertainment Careers
- Georgia Film & TV
- Journalism Jobs
- Media Bistro
- Media Week
- National Association of Black Journalists Career Center
- Nation Job
- National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations (Check out Career Page)
- National Public Radio
- Public Broadcasting System
- Public Media
- Production Hub
- Radio Online
- ShowBiz Jobs
- Radio Online
- Society of Professional Journalists
- T. Howard Foundation – Diversity in the Media
- Turner Broadcasting System