Do you love technology? Are you a creative thinker? Want to work in TV, radio, Web or video production?
Electronic media is the backbone of businesses that deliver entertainment, information, and education to global audiences. The industry needs people with the right balance of communication skills, business insight, techno know-how and creative genius.
Different career opportunities include media sales, broadcast journalism, producing/editing/directing, operations manager, programmer, software developer, sound recording artist, multimedia designer, digital film production and on-air talent.
About the Program
The Electronic Media Broadcasting program provides you with hands-on learning opportunities using current technology in the fields of broadcasting and multimedia production.
Learn about the history of radio and television and begin your introduction to the technical skills of audio/visual production and editing. Next dive into nonlinear editing using Final Cut Pro. Finally you will combine your skills to work with classmates as reporters, writers, videographers, and editors on the student production, The Palm, using Delta Quality Broadcasting's studios and labs.
You will have the opportunity to acquire professional experience while in school through internships with local radio and TV stations, as well as practicum credit through Delta College's Quality Public Television and Radio stations, working on Currently Speaking and also televising the graduation commencement ceremony.
Technology is always changing and the EMB program makes sure you keep up with it.
Careers and Job Outlook
Keen competition is expected for many jobs because of the large number of job seekers attracted by the excitement of this industry. Job prospects will be best for applicants with a college degree and relevant experience, such as work at college radio and television stations or internships at professional stations.
In general, television stations usually pay higher salaries than radio stations, commercial broadcasting usually pays more than public broadcasting, and stations in large markets pay more than those in small markets.
State of Michigan average yearly earnings: $45,280
Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates
National median salaries for electronic media broadcasting jobs:
Broadcast and sound technician
Radio and TV announcer
Reporters and broadcast news analyst
Film and video operator
Source: 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/ooh.
What are students saying?
“It was through the EMB program and professor Jim Gleason that I was able to gain an internship with Z93, which is where everything has happened for me. I’ve had the opportunity to be an integral part of the history of the radio station I grew up listening to…the opportunity to do a lot of things that others dream of doing…and that wouldn’t have been possible without Delta College.”
- Matthew Bingham
Assistant Program Director, Music Director, and Afternoon Host on WKQZ
"Everything I needed to know to get me where I am now, I learned at Delta College. Delta has a pretty good reputation of being able to give the hands on experience you need to work in this field."
- Zaragosa Maldonado
Director of Photography at WNEM TV5
Find Out More
Have questions or want more information about electronic media broadcasting? Contact:
EMB program coordinator