Division of Arts and Humanities

Communication skills are becoming more vital in all occupations, and specialists in communication are becoming more important in every industry. An organization’s reputation, profitability, and even its continued existence can depend on the degree to which its goals and policies are supported by its targeted “publics.”

Some communication professionals are public relations specialists who serve as advocates for businesses, governments, universities, hospitals, schools, and other organizations, and strive to build and maintain positive relationships with the public.

Reporters and correspondents also play a key role in our society. They gather information and prepare stories that inform us about local, state, national and international events; present points of view on current issues; and report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, special-interest groups and others who exercise power. In covering a story, they investigate leads and news tips, look at documents, observe on-the-scene and interview people. Reporters take notes and may also take photographs or shoot videos. At their office, they organize the material, determine their focus or emphasis, write their stories, and may also edit videos. Radio and television reporters often compose stories and report “live” from the scene.

Later, they may tape a commentary in the studio. Announcers and newscasters are well-known to radio and television audiences. Some announcers at large stations usually specialize in sports or weather, or in general news, and may be called newscasters or anchors.

Others are news analysts. In small stations, one announcer may do everything. News anchors, or a pair of co-anchors, present news stories and introduce in-depth videotaped news or live transmissions from on-the-scene reporters. Weathercasters report and forecast weather conditions. They gather information from national satellite weather services, wire services, and other local and regional weather bureaus. Sportscasters select, write, and deliver the sports news. This may include interviews with sports personalities and coverage of games played.

Many video camera operators are employed by independent television stations, local affiliates, or large cable and television networks. They often work in a broadcast studio or cover news events as part of a reporting team. Camera operators employed in the entertainment field use motion picture cameras to film movies, television programs and commercials.

Communication Careers Educational Opportunities

Associate of Arts
The associate of arts is for students who wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program at LCCC in such program fields as:

  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Media Performance
  • Media Production

Students completing the associate of arts degree may transfer with junior (or higher) standing to the four-year university or college of their choice. Students may also select the associate of arts degree if they wish to complete the first two or more years of a bachelor’s degree program in liberal arts, fine art, computer art, graphic design, business, history, music, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, theater, urban studies, elementary education and secondary education.

There are virtually no limitations to the programs that can be pursued as LCCC can customize any associate of arts program to meet the transfer college/university’s requirements.

The associate of arts program may be completed in two years, if taken on a fulltime basis. Many LCCC students choose to study on a part-time basis.

Students in the associate of arts program may also select electives, or complement their curriculums, by choosing from such courses as oral communication, communication performance, interpersonal communication, small-group communication, intercultural communication, journalism I and II, staff practice/newspaper, photography I, II and III, introduction to mass communication, introduction to field production, introduction to broadcast production, broadcast speaking, small-format television and editing, television workshop, television production and introduction to lighting.

Related Educational Opportunities through LCCC’s University Partnership

Ohio University
Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS)
The Bachelor of Technical and Applied Studies (BTAS) is primarily intended for students who have already completed a two-year degree program from an accredited community college, regional campus, or technical college, and who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The program provides students with knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for advancement in their chosen careers, and integrates the technical skills developed within applied associate degree programs with the professional skills inculcated in a bachelor’s degree program.

The BTAS utilizes 96 hours of associate degree credit, of which 36-45 hours must be in a technical field. Another 96 hours are needed to meet the minimum for a baccalaureate degree. In addition to the 49-56 hours of major requirements listed below, the student may expect to spend 24-36 hours meeting general education requirements and prerequisites. The remaining 4-23 hours are elective. A course may not count for two requirements within the major. Consultation with an Ohio University academic advisor is highly recommended.


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