New Program Arises in Sports Broadcasting

November 2017

Palm Beach Atlantic has a new sports broadcasting program that offers graduates endless local opportunities to work in this field.

 Sports Broadcasting

“Because South Florida is a region that is especially rich in sports media, the internship opportunities are tremendous, as are the career opportunities for our graduates,” said Dr. Duane Meeks, dean of the School of Communication & Media.

As a sports broadcasting major, students will be taught how to become on-camera communicators and behind-the-camera production experts. PBA’s 2,300-square-foot television studio, professional quality lighting and grip equipment, as well as professional editing systems will give students the materials to excel.

With PBA’s 14 NCAA Division II sports teams, the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation and the Rinker Athletic Campus as a backdrop, students in this major will be taught up-close and hands-on about covering an energetic and wide-ranging athletics program. At the same time, student sports broadcasters will be covering the Sunshine State Conference, which is one of the premier Division II conferences in the country.

Through this major, students will engage in hands-on learning by serving in all crew and on-air positions that create live sports productions. Students have the opportunity to join the staff of the digital campus news organization, the Beacon, as a sports reporter, media producer or sports editor.

Among the faculty for sports broadcasting is department chair Don Piper, whose career has spanned more than 30 years in the broadcast industry including extensive experience in broadcast journalism, international television production, U.S. Navy public affairs and college sports production.

“The launch of the B.A. in sports broadcasting represents a significant step forward for the School of Communication & Media,” said Meeks. “Our working relationship with Sailfish Athletics is extraordinarily cordial and constructive. I cannot think of another DII school better positioned to establish such a program.”

View the variety of career paths for a sports broadcasting major here.

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