Category:BA Communications - Broadcast Journalism Emphasis
The Department of Communications also claims part of its heritage from the Speech and Dramatic Arts Department. Public speaking and debate courses that were instigated in 1919 formed a base for what would become the Broadcast Journalism Emphasis. T. Earl Pardoe and LaVar Bateman, both of whom would later become department chairs, had involvement in the department at this stage of development.
Then, after World War II, the university began to offer updated courses using new technology. These courses more directly related to broadcast by including instruction in radio and television. Pardoe and Alonzo J. Morley worked closely to develop the radio studio, which was part of the speech and hearing laboratory. The radio studio aired dramas from their facility on University Avenue.
Owen S. Rich, who returned to work for the department after receiving television training in Hollywood, emphasized leadership as the prime objective of the broadcast program. He strongly urged students to use their talents responsibly and to influence the media for good.
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation recognized the BYU broadcast journalism program as the sixth best in the nation out of 112 accredited journalism programs at the Hearst Journalism Award ceremony held in New York in June 2010. In 2006, the program was ranked number one.
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