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Electronic Media

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The Electronic Media major becomes the Digital Media Production major and News major in Fall 2015.

Program Overview

Students select one of two sequences: Broadcast News or Radio-Television Producing. Coursework in the Electronic Media sequences during the first two years is similar. Specialization occurs during the last two years.

All electronic media students learn basic and more advanced techniques and disciplines of pre-production, studio and field production, post-production and program delivery for broadcast, cable, satellite and online.

Drake’s Broadcast News major serves students who are considering careers in the news and public affairs departments of radio and television stations, cable television and news networks, bureaus and services. Students gain the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to be a successful producer, news anchor, videographer, video editor or reporter.

Students who study Radio-Television producing, prepare for a broad spectrum of opportunities in traditional broadcasting, corporate video, cable and satellite television, and multimedia production and distribution.

Electronic Media students help operate 94.1 “The Dog”  KDRA-LP heard in Des Moines and worldwide on the Web. First-semester students may host a program following some basic training.

Students produce programs for the The College Channel, seen across greater Des Moines. Senior capstone students produce DrakeLINE, a weekly newscast for cable and Internet, every spring semester.

All Electronic Media students are offered a variety of ways to get involved as early as the first semester. Internship opportunities are readily available in Des Moines and surrounding communities.

Program Size

About 80 students register in Electronic Media sequences. The typical class size is fewer than 15.


Electronic Media students regularly enjoy recognition from state, regional and national organizations.

Radio-Televison producing students have had their programs recognized by the Broadcast Education Association, the Midwest College (EMMY) television awards, Telly awards and Communicator awards.

Twelve Electronic Media students have won coveted scholarships from the Radio Television Digital News Association (previously RTNDA) since 1980.

Broadcast News students regularly receive honors from the Iowa Broadcast News Association. Drake students won five first-place radio awards for 2012 stories, including best radio newscast.

Four Electronic Media students have won prestigious Philo T. Farnsworth award from the BEA since 1989.


SJMC maintains complete video and audio production studios in Meredith Hall. The facility offers easy access to Adobe Premiere Pro and related Adobe multimedia applications, digital audio production and editing studios, HD field cameras and a three camera television studio.

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