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Broadcast Meteorology Course in Spring 2019

In spring 2019, Professor and CBS4 Meteorologist Chris Spears offered MTR/JRN 290A:  Broadcast Meteorology.  It was on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:45 in the Auraria Media Center where the class had access to the green screen and the MAX computer system for creating weather imagery!  This counted as a meteorology elective.

Students learned how to…

  • develop a weather forecast
  • build graphics to tell their weather story using the Max computer
  • present weather on live TV using the green screen
  • do live weather reports from the field
  • and much, much more including valuable adlib/improv skills and how to interact with other members of a news operation, such as anchors, producers, and directors

New this spring, MTR/JRN 290A Broadcast Meteorology Monday Wednesday 12:30-1:45image of a studio image of MAX software

The Met Report

Students interested in broadcasting have the opportunity to learn how to produce professional television weather segments with industry standard technology.  MSU Denver’s Emmy award winning student-run newscast, The Met Report, allows students to work with the WSI MAX program to look at forecast models, current radar, the new GOES-16 satellite data, and much more.  Students will be prepared for a career in the field of broadcast meteorology with the combination of meteorology classes and practical experience gained at The Met Report.  For more information, The Met Report office is located in Tivoli Room 313, or you can apply here.


Coursework in Broadcasting

Some courses students can take in the Communications Arts and Science Department or Journalism to enhance their skill set in broadcasting include the following:

MTR 290A/JRN 290D -- Broadcast Meteorology

Credits:  3

Description:  This course is an introduction to broadcast meteorology. Students will learn to prepare and present a professional weathercast with emphasis on communication skills, computer graphics, and on-camera delivery. Students will learn the Max Weather Computer system, a software system used widely in the industry. 


JRN 3430 – Performance for Broadcast

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): CAS 2400 or permission of instructor

Description: This is an introductory course for “on air” performance, designed to meet the needs of radio-television-multimedia news anchors and announcers. Instruction is designed to develop pleasing and persuasive vocal and visual communication, either on-camera or on-mic, as a means of improving a variety of performance-driven broadcast, multimedia and Internet delivery presentations.


JRN 3440 – Television Production

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): CAS 2400 or permission of instructor

Description: This course is an introduction to television production, operation of broadcast studio equipment, vocabulary, and experience in direction of multi-camera productions. Specific attention is focused on preproduction, including identification of audience by age, gender, and culture. Students will participate in production activities and procedures on a variety of projects.


CAS 3461 – Producing the TV Newscast

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): CAS 2400 and (JRN 3440 or permission of instructor)

Description: This course introduces students to producing television news. This includes writing for TV news, in-studio production techniques, as well as post-production considerations in the creation of news packages. Business aspects of the broadcast news industry are explored, as well as legal and ethical issues that arise in news production.


JRN 4420 – On-Air Broadcasting

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): CAS 3400 or permission of instructor

Description: This course is designed to provide three semester hours of academic credit for students who successfully work regularly on MSU Denver Office of Student Media radio and television productions as reporters, editors, photographers, anchors and crew during a school semester. Students will work collaboratively with either an Anchor/Host/Reporter or the Crew/Technical Staff in the Student Media offices and Media Center.


CAS 4440 – Advanced Television Production

Credits: 3

Prerequisite(s): CAS 2400 or permission of instructor

Description: This is an advanced course in digital production skills for both studio and the field projects. Specific focus is on digital, high-definition workflow and file-based capture and finishing. This course allows students independence and the opportunity for formative research, including team building, financing possibilities, target audience evaluation, and potential distribution venues.

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