Martire Business & Communications Center
5401 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825
About the Program
Today broadcast journalism and multimedia production are in the midst of a revolution in the way news is covered and will be covered in the future. It is driven predominantly by two factors: technology and economics. One or two individuals are gradually replacing the traditional “teams” of professionals that were formally used to cover a story. Digital cameras and laptop editing are making this former model of news coverage obsolete. The digital journalist and production specialist is emerging as the model of the future. BJMP students will focus on this new concept and be ready to enter the workforce. Throughout the program students will develop the technical, editorial and theoretical skills necessary for preparation as a digital journalist and production specialist. Emphasis will be placed on research, writing, ethics, interviewing, reporting, recording video and audio, editing and producing. The digital journalist and production specialist must not only master all of these skills, but also be prepared to work in all of the emerging formats of “new media.” Hands on classes will guide students through distinct photo, video, studio and field event projects that will incorporate all of the necessary skills required for your professional career.
The Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production (BJMP) program at Sacred Heart University is an intensive hands-on approach to learning for the Broadcast Journalist, Photojournalist, Videographer, Documentary Filmmaker and Television Production Specialist. The program is broken into six eight-week segments that offer the student the opportunity to explore their interests and master their craft. Students can finish as quickly as one year taking classes two nights each week or in two years taking classes one night each week.
Students are also issued a MacBook Pro laptop and software that you get to keep after graduation and are issued your own DSLR kit for the duration of the program.
Learning By Doing
BJMP students create real-world multimedia productions for actual organizations, businesses, publications or media outlets. This practical focus on hands-on learning with the latest technologies in a professional context, gives students the experience and portfolio they need to compete and excel in the ever-changing 21st century communications and media industries. This track is for students interested broader skill set that includes: Photography, Videography, TV Production, Studio Management, Multimedia Production, Post-Production Video and Editing. This program is broken into six eight-week segments that offer the student the opportunity to explore their interests and master their craft.
Focus on Jobs and Latest Technologies
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition places jobs for communication and public relations specialists in its highest “much faster than average” growth category, projecting that employment opportunities will increase for communication specialists by 24 percent from 2008 to 2018. The New York Times has also reported on the “fundamental transformation” in the news industry toward “‘digital journalists’ who produce, record and edit much of their material.” The BJMP degree program will supply the communications, public relations and news industries with its next generation of professional communicators in ways that only a media studies program with a strong digital multimedia production component like ours can.
An Ideal Location
Sacred Heart’s main campus is a short train ride (just 55 miles) from New York City, the media capital of the world, and is strategically positioned in the heart of suburban Fairfield County, home to the many major media companies and other businesses that make-up Connecticut’s “Gold Coast.”
Blended Courses and Flexible Scheduling
BJMP courses combine face-to-face classes with online sessions, allowing students to schedule their campus commitments around their work and family obligations. With rolling acceptance and convenient 8-week sessions scheduled year round, students can start when they want and finish when they can, building a professional portfolio along the way. Full-time students can complete the degree in one year taking two classes each semester.
Professional Portfolios for the Digital Age
Students graduate with a portfolio of digital multimedia materials that demonstrates to potential employers that MACOMM graduates are highly skilled communicators with advanced training in the latest media technologies. BJMP students build their professional résumés as their work is distributed, broadcast and/or published through various media outlets while earning their degrees.
About the Facilities
The Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center is designed to provide state-of-the-art facilities and the latest technologies to support our students. The television studios and media facilities are designed to give students valuable professional experiences using the same equipment found in any top professional broadcast station. Our facilities include two full-size studios, one flash studio with a robotic camera, two control rooms, two media labs each with 25 edit work stations loaded with Adobe, Final Cut and AVID software, six individual edit rooms, two screening rooms, a full-featured student radio studio and one large Media Theater.
In addition, cameras in both the Forum and the Media Theater are wired to the control rooms, enabling students to produce professional multi-camera, live-streamed programs.
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the Vision Project
Our students come with varying levels of experience. Some have never picked up a camera or reported a story. Others have already started working as professionals. What we do is help all students develop their skills to the next level. Students will receive expert instruction in operating digital cameras, AVID, Final Cut Pro editing, Photoshop, field audio, writing and reporting.
In addition, the program offers students internships and mentorships that will enrich their experience and serve their career goals. Students will have an opportunity to work with news organizations, production companies and other professional organizations to facilitate these internships such as: NBC News, ABC News, News 12, ESPN, Connecticut Post, HBO and many others.
The program also has a unique working relationship with Vision Project. Vision Project has partnered with Sacred Heart on numerous projects in the past. It is an organization dedicated to the development of investigative journalism, documentary photography, multimedia, film and education.
By the completion of the BJMP degree, students will have compiled a robust portfolio of professional materials that demonstrates the advanced skills necessary to excel in their respective job sectors. Along the way, student productions will also be distributed, broadcast and/or published through various media outlets while they are completing their MACOMM coursework.
For information regarding the BJMP admissions process and applications deadlines, contact Ed Nassr at 203-396-6877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.