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B.A. in Broadcasting, Digital Media, and Journalism 

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

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian broadcasting, digital media, and journalism major will prepare you for an in-demand 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.


    Why Study Broadcasting, Digital Media, and Journalism at Cedarville?

    Broadcasting, Digital Media, and Journalism Program Highlights

    Excellent Career Preparation — 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 quality digital film equipment and software editing platforms that will impact an audience in a specific way. Emphasis is placed on story first, then technique. 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 reach our world for Christ through the medium of film, television, and online video.
      • 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.
    • 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 advisor 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
      • Motion design
      • 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.

    What Can I Do With a B.A. in Broadcasting, Digital Media and Journalism Degree?

    There is so much you can do with a broadcasting, digital media, and journalism degree from Cedarville. You will find Cedarville graduates working in high demand careers in:

    • Church Media
    • Feature Film
    • News Organizations
    • Radio Production and Performance
    • Streaming/Podcasting
    • Commercial Production
    • Media Management

    See where some of our  alumni are working.

    Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

    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
    • Dateline NBC
    • Disney
    • ESPN
    • Focus on the Family
    • Fox Sports
    • Inner City Impact
    • KSBJ FM
    • Salem Media
    • Trans World Radio
    • WAY FM network

    Our students are in-demand in many areas on campus that give them opportunity to gain hands-on experience. 

    • Student-led Resound Radio features a 24/7 stream that can be heard across the world through our website or app. Our programming speaks to our campus community and our listeners worldwide. 
    • Cedarville’s student-led news organization will give you real-world experience as a journalist. Cedars is a student-produced, award-winning magazine and website.
    • Our students have opportunities to work in video and audio for Yellow Jackets sports production,  Production Services Group (chapel and special events), HeartSong Ministries, campus Newsroom, and more.
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    Get to Know Resound Radio

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

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    Student Opportunities

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

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    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

    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! 95.4% of recent graduates from the Department of Communication were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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    The university’s enrollment for 2020-21 has climbed to 4,550 students — an increase of 3.7%, or 170 students, from last year’s enrollment of 4,380 students.
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    Program Faculty

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    Jeff Simon, M.F.A.

    Assistant Chair, Associate Professor of Communication

    • Location APP 112
    • Phone 937-766-7961
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    Jeff Gilbert, M.A.

    Assistant Professor of Journalism

    • Location APP 113
    • Phone 937-766-3298
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    Jim Leightenheimer, M.A.

    Associate Professor of Communication

    • Location SSC 150
    • Phone 937-766-7965
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    Mischelle McIntosh, M.A.

    Associate Professor of Communication

    • Location PAT 113
    • Phone 937-766-3257
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    Sean O'Connor

    Assistant Professor of Broadcasting, Digital Media, Journalism

    • Location APP 114
    • Phone 937-766-7962
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    Broadcasting, Digital Media, and Journalism 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.

    This major is offered with a B.A.-to-master's accelerated completion plan.
    Sample courses:
    • Advanced Cinematography and Lighting
    • Multiplatform Journalism
    View Curriculum Plan and Catalog