I was drawn to the Broadcast Media Production major because it gives students experience in both the creative and professional sides of the field. Through Champlain’s unique Upside-Down Curriculum, I’ve also experienced high quality, individualized classes related to my major since my first year. For example, not only does Broadcast Media Production offer video production classes right away, but it also allows students to learn more about marketing, writing and graphic design.
The Broadcast Media Production program has allowed me to explore different facets of the field and to discover my passions. The summer after my first year of college, I worked as a Promotions Assistant at Albany Broadcasting Company. They hired me to promote six different radio stations because I had experience with audio production.
Then in my third year, I created a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video called Pause for Paws. It informs the audience that a dog’s paws are sensitive to the temperature of the pavement when they are walking on it. My professor Keith Oppenheim was so impressed, he posted the video to his personal Facebook page and advised his friends to check the road conditions before walking their dogs! I was also able to make a video for Champlain College’s See, Say, Do Campaign, which is a movement against sexual misconduct on college campuses. It was a great way to utilize my strengths to better my community. It’s clear that the Broadcast Media Production major has provided me with experiences and skills that I can directly apply to my career.
Champlain was always my only choice for college because it offers a wide variety of creative programs and inspires a supporting community. Every professor has encouraged me to take my new knowledge and apply it to my interests. Most importantly, Champlain has taught me that every single person I meet can teach me a new perspective, and I can learn so much with an open mind.
Kathryn, Broadcast Media Production MajorWatervliet, NYDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I didn't want to major in Communication. I knew that. And I didn't want to be a Journalism major. I didn't want to be on camera at all. My dad suggested coming to Burlington, then to Champlain and he said, "This is perfect." Champlain has a Broadcasting program, and I realized this was what I was looking for, but I couldn't think of that title until I saw the major. I was like, "Broadcasting. I know I want to be in Broadcasting."
Then, slowly but surely, I realized broadcasting was not what I wanted to do, at least not the strictly technical side. I don't want to be in production. My classes and internships really helped me realize that I like the more human side of it.
Right now, I'm interning with Vermont Works for Women. I'm the Community Outreach Intern; it's sort of a catch all position, so I get lots of opportunities to exercise my strengths. I've helped write their annual appeal letter and I've created two promotional videos for them. In the Fall of 2016, I went to Randolph, VT and did a video booth for their annual Women Can Do conference which promotes STEM and trades to ninth through twelfth grade girls, and it was amazing.
Champlain has really allowed me to customize my major. I started off taking all production classes and a few film classes. Then I started taking classes in marketing, PR and even a few law classes just to help me branch out. I want to get into Event Planning, Marketing and PR-kind of be like a Social Coordinator-and those are the types of jobs that I'm applying for.
Tyler, Broadcast Media Production Major
Divison of Comunications & Creative Media
AFTER CHAMPLAIN, Bernie landed a the position of Content Creator at Mondo Mediaworks, a Vermont-based digital marketing agency.
"During my four years, I've completed internships at local businesses and nonprofits, part-time jobs on campus, and hands-on projects producing video and marketing plans for real-world clients. In my last two semesters, I was able to tie it all together by producing a documentary as my senior project, while working on my cover letter and job interview skills."
"I think the broadcast major has really helped me develop skills, develop communication skills, and it's been really fulfilling to be in a curriculum that includes those video elements that I enjoy. But, I'm not actually a filmmaker. I like to create marketing videos and explore career options that would help me produce content.
I got an internship out of a class project my junior year.
The professor for my video production class would give us bonus points when we made a video if it went on someone's social media site that wasn't our own. For the final project I decided to see what ECHO would do for me since I knew that they had a history of working with Champlain students in the past.
I developed a simple promotional video for them, and I was just hoping it would be good enough that they would like it and put it on their Facebook page, and I would get my bonus points.
I sent it over and they said, "Come on in. We'll use it," and when I came over to drop off the high resolution version, I didn't realize it, but I was talking to the marketing manager. I didn't notice she was interviewing me the whole time secretly.
I went up to the office, plugged in the hard drive, uploaded the video and I went back down and on my way out, right before I was about to walk out the door, she said, 'Hey, so we're looking for interns, and I think this might be a good opportunity for you.'
That's how I became the Graphic Communications Intern at the ECHO Center."
Bernie, Broadcast Media Production Major
DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I have a broad span of interests. I like writing, I like video, and I'm interested in journalism too, so I thought Broadcast Media Production would be a great. My first year, my first class was Video Storytelling and it was where I learned all my basic video production skills like editing, shooting, and going out and getting a story. I've also taken marketing classes, sonic arts classes and communication classes.
The skills I picked up in those classes really helped me with my internships. My first was with WCAX Channel 3 News, which was an amazing opportunity. My professor for my Electronic Media Writing class was a producer there and said "We have this internship, you should apply." I applied, put in a bunch of work and they accepted me. It was so exciting! I got to work on different news stories, and write for the news. I also helped with some editing, and I shadowed a lot of the shoots.
I also worked for Fusion Advertising as a creative writer intern, and I got to edit a lot of the social media proposals, edit a bunch of client websites, and do a lot of copyediting. I got to write my first press release, and it was published by the Syracuse Business Journal.
My video storytelling, electronic media writing, and marketing classes really helped me with those internships. The professors will make sure that you have the help you need, and that you're getting the learning experience you're supposed to.
Caroline, Broadcast Media Production MajorSyracuse, NYDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I didn't always want to go into radio. When I heard an ad on Planet 96.7 about internships, I figured I'd give it a try. I never thought that I'd end up on the air.
I did the show logs and learned the language and symbols they use. I made promos for songs, or zaps-tidbits of songs that show what's coming next. I started doing commercials because they were looking for a female voice. One day, my boss let me do the late night show, but it wasn't supposed to air. It did, and my boss decided it sounded okay. Now I do the Sunday afternoon show.
From my classes at Champlain and my internship, my client interactions and communication skills have definitely improved on- and off-air. I've used these skills at the concerts and events Planet 96.7 holds, where I've met famous people like Todd Kerry.
Having an internship was an eye-opener about the real-world. I think the hardest thing to overcome is, "Can I do it?" I have so many interests, so I'm not sure what I'll do after graduation. I enjoy radio a lot and I love the people I work with. Plus, it's cool to say, "I'm a DJ." I also really love film scoring; I just don't know a lot about it. My hope is to move to Austin, Texas, and figure it out. It's a big music area with a lot of opportunity, and I'll just see what happens.
Katherine, Broadcast Media Production MajorColchester, VTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
When I transferred to Champlain, I thought I wanted to be a Filmmaking major because I had a passion for video production and editing. However, after one semester of being undeclared I decided to major in Broadcast Media Production because it seemed more practical. I wanted to do video production and post-production in sports after graduation, and declaring Broadcast Media Production as my major was one of the easier decisions I have made.
I didn't realize how much work I'd be doing for clients. It has been a great learning experience working with clients because you get a very professional feel from it and your work matters that much more. For one of those classes, I had to find a non-profit and create a marketing campaign for them. I reached out to The Chill Foundation and produced a promotional video for their skateboard program that helps serve underrepresented youth in the area. My video is now featured on their website as well as their social media platforms.
This particular client experience helped me land my fourth internship. Chill asked me to stay on and produce videos for their other programs during my final semester at school. If I didn't have to reach out to a client in my class, I would never had gotten the opportunity work for such a cool organization.
Cory, Broadcast Media Production Major