Learn to report the facts, provide insightful analysis, or create a social issue documentary.
Learn to report the facts, provide insightful analysis, or create a social issue documentary.

»B.F.A. in News/Broadcast Journalism and Documentary

Are you ready to report the facts, provide insightful analysis or take a stand and produce a documentary that represents a specific point-of-view?

Do you see yourself as a news anchor on CNN, or reporting on the latest developments in sports or entertainment?  Or maybe you’d like to travel the world making documentaries about Africa, Asia, or important community issues right in your own backyard? You can do any and all of these things as a News/Broadcast Journalism and Documentary major. 

Through Dodge College you will have unique opportunities to travel to the centers of the news business in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. as well as to explore the issues best captured in documentaries both locally, through our Community Voices program, and internationally, in countries in Africa, Asia and beyond.

Using our 4-camera, state-of-the-art high definition television studio, industry-standard technology like iNews and Avid, state-of-the-art digital cinema cameras such as the Red One and Sony F65, and camera and sound packages dedicated to documentary field production, our students create and produce:

We also maintain and program our own cable-access channel, Channel 6 in Orange, Calif. (also broadcast on Channel 99 in U-verse), which reaches the entire Los Angeles and Southern California market. This enables us to produce shows such as weekly newscast live over our own channel.

+-You'll Study

Along with a broad liberal arts education, you’ll learn:

  • The basics of production, including single and multi-camera shooting and directing, cinematography, editing and sound
  • How to research and write for news or documentaries
  • How to conduct effective interviews
  • The financial and social/cultural aspects of television
  • The historical development of news programming and documentary genres
  • How to work in a studio environment as well as on location
  • In Broadcast Journalism: How to investigate and create broadcast packages for breaking news, sports, and arts and entertainment
  • In Documentary Production: How to develop, shoot and edit a quality documentary

+-Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate strong writing and storytelling skills that are appropriate to professional expectations in broadcast journalism or documentary filmmaking.

  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze current TV market conditions and business models and then evaluate the marketability and viability of their skills and creative work within that market.

  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to use technology and other craft areas – cinematography, videography, sound, editing – to enhance story as it grows from the written word (script) to a finished, visual story.

  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to work in a professional, collaborative environment appropriate to broadcast news or documentary filmmaking.

+-Degree Requirements

B.F.A. in News and Documentary Degree Requirements

Core requirements (30 credits)

NWD 103 Broadcast News

TWP 114/114L

Introduction to Television Production: Studio Lab

FP 115

Editing I
NWD 116 Introduction to Television Production: Location
FTV 130 Introduction to Visual Storytelling
FP 133 Audio Techniques
NWD 232 Electronic Cinematography for News & Documentary
TWP 240 The Business of Television
NWD 307 Mass Media Law and Ethics
NWD 490 Independent Internship

one of the following (3 credits)

TWP 246 History of Television
NWD 321 The Documentary Tradition

 one of the following (3 credits)

NWD 203 Broadcast News II
NWD 341 Investigative Journalism

 one of the following (3 credits)

NWD 309 Advanced Broadcast News Writing
NWD 335
Documentary Production

 one of the following (3 credits)

TWP 311 Advanced Multi-Camera Field Production
NWD 380 Community Voices: Documentary Workshop

Advanced Production Sequence (6 credits) 
complete one of the following six-credit news or documentary sequence

news sequence

NWD 431
Producing the News Magazine Television Series
NWD 432
Producing the Newscast

 documentary sequence

NWD 496 Documentary Pre-Production Senior Thesis I
NWD 497
Documentary Post-Production, Senior Thesis II

 three upper division elective course (9 credits) recommended electives for documentary

NWD 323
Trans-Cultural Documentary
NWD 345 Wildlife and Environmental Filmmaking
NWD 375
International Documentary Pre-Production
NWD 376 International Documentary Production
NWD 377
International Documentary Post - Production
NWD 378 Documentary Editing
NWD 389
Cross-Cultural Documentary
NWD 416
Expedition Documentary

recommended electives for news

TWP 303 Producing Reality Television
NWD 341 Investigative Journalism
NWD 346 Networking in New York and DC
NWD 403 Advanced News Videography
NWD 408 Topics in Broadcast Journalism
NWD 408A Broadcast Journalism: Anchor and Interview Workshop
NWD 408B
Topic in Broadcast Journalism: Sports Reporting
NWD 408C Broadcast Journalism: Film and Entertainment Reporting
NWD 409 Advanced Television Reporting
ENG 410 Panther Workshop
NWD 411 Sports Broadcasting
NWD 416 Expedition Documentary

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If you know what you’re doing, your time at Chapman will be incredibly rewarding. Here are some tips on internships, graduation, studying abroad, and more, to help things go more smoothly.

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