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Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Digital Media

About the B.A. in Broadcasting and Digital Media Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian broadcasting and digital media major will prepare you for a career in a wide range of media — radio, television, film, non-broadcast audio/video production, multiplatform journalism, as well as online and computer-based media. You will graduate with a healthy mix of theory and hands-on experience, and you’ll be prepared to enter the diverse and ever-changing field of media. However, more than just training for a job, you will learn to use your skills and talents to influence the culture for Christ in whatever form of media you choose.

Broadcasting and Digital Media Program Highlights

Broad — You will receive a broad perspective to prepare you to work in a rapidly changing media environment. Because of the paraprofessional nature of this program and the balance of practical and theoretical aspects of media work, Cedarville graduates have excelled in careers across all media forms.

Customizable — You can choose from three concentration areas to customize your degree to your career interests. Choose from:

  • Broadcasting
    • Digital Film and Video — Digital film and video production is a hands-on approach to producing visual stories using the latest digital film equipment and software editing platforms that will impact an audience in a specific way. Emphasis is placed on story first, then technique. The courses are taught from four unique perspectives: the writer, the producer, the director, and the editor. You will leave this program with the confidence that you can handle any type of film or video production, whether it is for a church ministry, a professional promotional production, or a feature-length film. Our mission is to do "God's will, God's way" in reaching our world for Christ through the medium of film and television.
    • Digital Radio and Audio — The digital radio and audio concentration is designed to prepare you for careers in on-air and/or production work for terrestrial or internet radio stations. The audio concentration will also prepare you to serve in audio production facilities for television, film, music, and program production. You will also gain knowledge and skills in live sound setup and operation.
  • Integrated Digital Media — The integrated digital media emphasis will allow you to choose courses that fit your future employment goals. You will work closely with your adviser to map out a strategic plan for your years at Cedarville. You will benefit from the core classes in the broadcasting and digital media major, dive a bit deeper into audio and video studies, and then work with your adviser to craft a major that will fit your performance goals. Jobs in this area of study include, but are not limited, to:
    • 3D animation
    • Digital media consulting
    • Interactive media
    • Motion graphics
    • New media development
  • Journalism — Cedarville’s journalism emphasis follows a multiplatform approach to journalism. Multiplatform journalism involves a radical change in approach and mindset among journalists and their managers. It involves a shared assignment desk where the key people and the multimedia assignment editors assess each news event on its merits and send the most appropriate people to the story. Multiplatform coverage is driven by the significance of the news event. Depending on variables unique to each country and company, producing multiplatform content is one of the most likely scenarios for media organizations around the world, and we can help you prepare for it!

Outcomes for Broadcasting and Digital Media Majors

There is so much you can do with a broadcasting and digital media degree from Cedarville! You will find Cedarville graduates working in careers such as:

  • Assistant producer
  • Church media director
  • Copy editor
  • Digital media director
  • Director for network commercials
  • Editor
  • Feature film cinematographer, director, or writer
  • Feature writer
  • Journalist
  • Layout editor
  • Live production specialists for audio and video
  • Media buyer
  • Media relations
  • Motion graphics artist
  • Network news anchor
  • News editor
  • Online media
  • Press officer
  • Producer
  • Professor
  • Radio personality, station manager, station operations manager, sales, or sales management
  • Reporter
  • Social media director
  • Sportswriter
  • TV producer or station general manager
  • VFX artist
  • Videographer
  • Web editor
See what some of our alumni are doing.

Opportunities for Broadcasting and Digital Media Majors

Internships give students real-world work experience within their chosen field. Our students have completed internships with:

  • 104.9 FM The River
  • Answers in Genesis
  • Athletes in Action
  • Awana International
  • CNN
  • Crossroads Community Church – Cincinnati
  • Dateline NBC
  • Disney
  • ESPN
  • Focus on the Family
  • Fox Sports
  • Inner City Impact
  • JB Global
  • KSBJ FM
  • Olympic Committee
  • Salem Media
  • Sunset Solutions
  • Trans World Radio
  • WAY FM network

Hands-on campus experiences will give you a chance to work on your craft while complementing your coursework:

  • Student-led Resound Radio features a 24/7 stream that can be heard through CedarNet (Cedarville's campus computer network) and, in addition, offers on-demand programming targeted specifically at the student body of Cedarville University.
  • Cedarville’s student-led newspaper will give you real-world experience as a journalist. Cedars is a student-produced, award-winning newspaper that is published several times each academic year.
  • Our students have opportunities to work behind the camera or in the audio booth for Yellow Jackets sports productions, Production Services Group (chapel and special events), and HeartSong Ministries.
Two students host a radio show on Cedarville's student led Resound Radio

Get to Know Resound Radio 

Hear the music and meet some of the students behind Cedarville’s student-led radio station.

Mr L standing in broadcasting studio

Faculty Making a Difference

Read an article that highlights the impact that Cedarville faculty, like Jim Leightenheimer, have had in placing graduates in top positions around the country. This begins with an approach to internships and hands-on experience while the students are at Cedarville. And, it has paid results. 

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Student Opportunities

Find out more about opportunities available to you and see what some of our students have created.

Dr. Mark Caleb Smith tests the newsroom.

Newsroom takes Cedarville University to national audience

Collaboration between the department of communication and marketing and communications division allows CU to share its expertise.

Cedars editing staff discusses in a meeting

Get to Know Cedars

Get to know Cedars, Cedarville's student-led newspaper. Read the stories and get to know the students behind our award-winning publication.

Sports Production

A unique partnership between Cedarville Athletics and the Department of Communication allows broadcasting and digital media students to be part of the Sports Production Team, which produces high-quality broadcasts of Cedarville athletic events.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 98% of 2016 graduates from the Department of Communication were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Program Faculty

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Jeff Simon, M.F.A.

Assistant Chair, Assistant Professor of Communication

  • Location APP 112
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Jim Leightenheimer, M.A.

Associate Professor of Communication

  • Location SSC 150
  • phone-handset 937-766-7965
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Department of Communication

Broadcasting and Digital Media Program Curriculum

Building on your general education liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take a core set of major-specific courses that will introduce you to the broad range of media outlets. This core is then complemented by a concentration of classes that focus specifically on your interests.

Sample courses:
  • Advanced Cinematography and Lighting
  • Multiplatform Journalism
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