Television

Department of Communication

Television

The electronic media concentration at UIndy gives you a sturdy grasp on the skills needed to enter the TV and radio workforce fully prepared. You will get experience in the many aspects of the radio and TV industries, including writing, production, and on-air talent. The tailored nature of this program allows you to focus your education in TV, radio, or both.

Program strengths

  • Unlike many programs, UIndy lets you jump right in to working radio and television studios during your first semester (in fact, it’s expected!)
  • Applied courses can be taken each semester, giving you time to explore a wide range of areas and advance your skillset
  • Practice behind-the-scenes operations in broadcasting using much of the same equipment that you’ll find in commercial TV or radio stations
  • Professors have strong backgrounds in radio and television broadcasting, and continued ties with both industries, so they ensure classes are up-to-date with the latest developments in the field

"I loved to talk in class, and usually talking in class get you in trouble. But in my case, it got me into a career. My professor took note of my flair for talking and suggested I try radio. And here I am. It says a lot about a university where professors work with you one-on-one and help you leverage your abilities to be successful."

Nikki Reed, On-Air Personality, WZPL


Applied learning

UIndy TV-5

Broadcast across public access cable television stations all over the Indianapolis area, UIndy TV-5 gives you real-world experience in a TV station. Opportunities available through UIndy TV-5 include:

  • On-air talent, such as a show host, news anchor, reporter, or other media professional
  • Videography
  • Behind-the-scenes roles in stage prep, set managing, lighting or video editing

WICR-FM (88.7)

WICR-FM (88.7) is UIndy’s noncommerical public radio station, and is the only jazz and classical radio station in Indianapolis. The station is broadcast to 22 Central Indiana counties, with approximately 40,000 listeners tuning in each week. Listen online or view programming schedule

Through working in a fully functioning radio station, students develop skills in various aspects of the industry, such as:

  • Writing scripts
  • Hosting radio shows and developing an on-air personality
  • Learning how to use radio equipment
  • Editing
  • Behind-the-scenes roles in production, programming, news, promotions, sales and more

Potential careers in electronic media

  • Radio and/or TV talent
  • Reporter or correspondent
  • Producer
  • Copy writer
  • Set manager
  • Technical director
  • Program director
  • Film or video editor

A concentration in electronic media might be for you if:

  • You find yourself drawn to news and entertainment
  • You have an interest in creating compelling videos
  • You enjoy being part of a team
  • You want to be on the air on TV or radio
  • You like working behind the scenes

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you’ll need to take as a communication major with a concentration in electronic media. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy’s general education requirements, while the communication curriculum guide lists the classes needed for the communication core and your concentration area. You’ll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you’ll take at UIndy.

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