This career field includes “on-air” personalities as well as the behind-the-scenes production such as writing, producing, editing and directing. While good communication skills are a must for on-air careers, people involved in production need expertise in problem solving and multi-tasking.
Students are trained for careers in radio, TV, video production, corporate media and web-based production. The job outlook is very positive for students who obtain a broad range of skills. Television stations are looking for camera operators, producers, directors, editors, technicians and reporters. Radio stations are looking for talent who can announce, write, produce and provide content for web delivery. Corporations are in need of professionals who can write and produce media content for a variety of media platforms and social media.
Steve has been teaching in the Broadcasting: Mass Media Studies Program for 20 years. In addition to his teaching duties, Steve is responsible for managing the campus cable TV station (McTV). Steve teaches several classes that include, TV News Production, Intro to Mass Media, Writing for Digital Media, Advanced TV Production and TV Sports Production. Prior to coming to the college he worked as a media producer for Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Steve attended the U. of Northern Iowa where he received his BA and MA degrees and he also participated on the track and field team at UNI, specializing in the 400 & 800 meter events. Steve is an avid outdoorsmen as he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking. In 2010, Steve walked across the state of Iowa in 14 days and produced a documentary film on his adventure.
Kyle teaches the Audio Production class as an adjunct professor. He is the program director at KFJB Radio in Marshalltown. Kyle is a graduate of Drake University and has worked in radio for 28 years. In addition to teaching and working full time in the radio industry Kyle finds time to emcee a variety of fundraising events and occasionally writes for the Iowa History Journal. Kyle’s hobbies include Iowa history and collecting vintage rock and roll record albums.
The Broadcasting program has a 40’X50’ TV Studio with Green Screen capability. A production control room with a audio/video switcher to produce TV Productions. Three editing suites for Post Production Editing are available, as well as an audio recording studio. Students also have access to the campus cable TV station (McTV). The program also has a state of the art press box for televising and announcing volleyball and basketball games in the Student Activity Center Sports Complex.
Equipment includes, two Studio Cameras, five HD Field Production cameras, teleprompter, two TriCaster mobile switchers for studio and remote sports production. Audio board for radio broadcasting with multiple microphones for use in audio and video production. Post Production editing suites that utilize the Adobe Premiere Editing software as well as the full Adobe Creative Suite Package.
The program also has a quadcopter video drone available that shoots HD quality Video and high quality still photo’s.
Four scholarships are available for students who enroll in the broadcast program. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to MCC students from the Iowa Broadcasters Association. In addition, two $825 scholarships are awarded to MCC Broadcasting students from Marshalltown Broadcasting, Inc. (KXIA and KFJB radio). These scholarships are available to any student entering their first or second year in the MCC Broadcasting program. Students are allowed to apply for both sets of scholarships.
A 4-credit hour internship is required for students to complete the degree. Students can work at area radio and television stations. Students can also intern at the campus TV station ‘McTV’. Other internship opportunities may include film production, religious media and other corporate media opportunities.
The MCC Filmmakers Club is for students interested in making short film projects. The club is looking for students who are interested in writing, acting, filming, editing, and other aspects of film production. The MCC Broadcasting and Digital Media Program allows the club to use their facilities and equipment to be able to produce student film projects. For more information, contact Steve Muntz at 641-844-5797.