The Media Studies program gives students interested in broadcasting and film/video production hands-on experience while working toward an associate degree and transfer to a four-year college.
There are three degree tracks for students, depending on their area of interest.
The Electronic Media facilities at Centralia College are unique among Washington community colleges. Students learn on professional audio and video equipment and are provided experience in numerous areas of production. KCED- FM, a fully equipped radio station authorized by the Federal Communications Commission, is operated by students in the Media Studies programs. Those students desiring an emphasis in radio broadcasting have ample opportunity for live “on-the- air” experience in broadcasting as well as studio production experience. The Centralia College television studio and production facilities are well equipped and provide experience in taping, directing, editing and producing.
The Media Studies program at CC helps students pursue careers as:
- broadcast announcer
- sports announcer
- video/film production
- video/film editor
- video-cast producer
- film producer
- voice talent
- audio production editor
- podcast producer
- audio engineer
- sports public address announcer
- broadcast news reporter
- news copywriter
- commercial voice talent
- voice-over artist
Track 1 Education Plan
Degree Offered: Associate in Arts
Emphasis: Radio Broadcasting, Television Production
The Media Studies program is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in electronic media, which includes radio, television, video production, film, broadcast journalism, and sports announcing. In some cases, this program is equally suited for students interested in a two-year terminal degree prior to entry in the media field.
** In cooperation with a professional radio or television company, a student may enroll in MST 190 Cooperative Work Experience. The student may receive up to 12 credits for learning that occurs on the job. Attendance at a Work Experience Seminar is required of co-op students. You must take the Work Experience Seminar before or in the same quarter as the co-op course.
Track 2 Education Plan
Degree: Associate in Arts
Classes help students attain skills in camera work, studio, and field production. Lighting, running an audio board, writing, directing, producing and editing short video projects are also covered. The Media Studies program in conjunction with the Drama department also offers students the opportunity to learn set design and building crafts, as well as lighting techniques.
Students have the opportunity to participate in live productions, including broadcast of college basketball games and community forums.
Track 3 Education Plan
Degree: Associate in Arts
Emphasis: Sports Announcing and Production
Students interested in Sports Announcing have the opportunity to perfect their skills on campus radio station KCED-FM, on live broadcasts over the local cable access channel, and in the college’s television studio and production rooms. Classes and practical application will help students develop skills sports announcers use to broadcast and report on sporting events.
Students also have the opportunity to host their own sports discussion show on KCED as well as calling the play by play action of college basketball, baseball and local high school football games.
Instruction on vocal techniques, production, conducting and recording interviews, writing and research as well as specific duties of each member of a broadcast booth will be covered. Students who transfer to a four-year college should consult their advisors for choice of distribution credit and elective courses.
M ST 125 - Introduction to Sports Announcing
Learn about the history of Sports Broadcasting. Specific duties of announcers as well as technical knowledge, current trends, career paths, legal and ethical issues of Sports Broadcasting will be covered during the quarter.
M ST 126 - Sports Announcing for Football
Learn and apply the basic skills and knowledge required of today’s football announcers. This course will emphasize practical tips, ideas and theories that will help you on your way to becoming a quality football announcer.
M ST 127 - Sports Announcing for Basketball
Learn and apply the basic skills and knowledge required of today’s basketball announcers. This course will emphasize practical tips, ideas and theories that will help you on your way to becoming a quality basketball announcer.
M ST 128 - Sports Announcing for Baseball
Learn and apply the basic skills and knowledge required of today’s baseball announcers. This course will emphasize practical tips, ideas and theories that will help you on your way to becoming a quality baseball announcer.
M ST 158 - Studio & Outdoor Lighting for Television & Film
Discover the basic principles and techniques of lighting television and film sets in both indoor and outdoor situations.
M ST 159 - Stagecraft for Television and Film
Designed specifically for television and film majors, this class introduces students to the basic tools, materials, equipment and techniques used in the design and building of television and film sets.
M ST 190 - Cooperative Work Experience
Cooperative Work Experience allows students to apply classroom learning to on-the-job settings. Credit is earned for new and continued learning taking place in the work environment. Reaching set learning objectives and development of positive work habits are emphasized. The Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinator, the student employee, and the worksite supervisor identify the learning objectives. 30-360 hours on-the-job per quarter. Instructor’s permission is required. Corequisite: Enrollment in a Work Experience Seminar is required of co-op students. You may take the Work Experience Seminar before or in the same quarter as the co-op course.
M ST 220 - Introduction to Broadcast News and Production
Learn basic media news writing, produce and broadcast news and feature stories on both radio and television. Some media production techniques will be covered during the quarter.
M ST 225 - Introduction to Telecommunications
The field of telecommunications is constantly changing and affecting the way we live our lives. Learn about the history, social impact, moral, ethical issues and philosophies of telecommunications in our society.
M ST 230 - Introduction to Radio Broadcasting
As an introduction to radio broadcasting you will learn about programming philosophies, announcing skills, production techniques, copy writing and the FCC rules and regulations that apply to the industry.
M ST 231 - Advanced Radio Broadcasting
Learn strategies to research and prepare material for broadcast. The use of promotions and contests to increase station ratings also will be covered.
M ST 260 - Introduction to TV & Video Production
Learn studio and control room operations, field and studio camera techniques, basic script writing and video editing. At the end of the quarter students will be able to write, produce and edit short videos.
M ST 261 - Advanced TV & Video Production
Improve editing skills while producing documentary and music videos. Advanced camera, editing, studio and field production techniques will be covered. Students will also take part in producing live college basketball games.
M ST 262 - Television Production
Students will write, direct, produce and edit video packages and participate as crew members in producing classmate’s video projects.
M ST 271, 272, 273, 274 - Radio Broadcasting Internship
Practice and perfect your announcing skills on the campus radio station KCED FM. Prerequisite: MST 230, 231 or instructor permission.
M ST 281 - TV Broadcasting Internship
Designed for students who wish to produce independent video projects outside of the classroom environment. Permission of instructor required. Prerequisite: MST 260, 261, 262.
Centralia College has direct AA-degree transfer agreements with the following colleges:
Jared Potter owns his own visual effects company in Washington. He worked for the SyFy television show Z-Nation for five seasons and has worked on numerous feature films and television commercials. One of his first jobs was working for the YouTube network Machinima.
After graduating from Centralia College in 2007, where he received an Outstanding Student Award, he continued his education at the University of Arizona, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film Production.
Jesse Moore Hendrickson
Currently resides in Hollywood, where he directs and edits for the YouTube-focused production company Hoonigan. He is currently directing and editing on Build & Battle. Jesse has spent the past ten years in all aspects of production below and above the line. He has been on the crew of popular shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Born This Way, and RuPaul's Drag Race.
After graduating from Centralia College with his AA in 2010, Jesse transferred to Cornish College of the Arts and graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014.
Randy is currently the public address announcer for the Tacoma Rainiers, Tacoma Defiance, and Tacoma Stars, as well as the Stars director of game entertainment.
Randy enrolled in sports announcing classes at Centralia College and, using his love and knowledge for sports and some previous announcing experience, was able to land his current jobs.
He said, “I’ve never worked harder but, I absolutely love it. If you have a dream, follow it, fight for it and don’t give it up."
Brandon Fiedler currently oversees the scheduling of the San Jose Sharks and Barracuda games along with maintaining the control room equipment, audio system,s and LED displays at the SAP Center. Prior to that, he worked for the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team and their venue, the FedExForum, as the arena production manager. He has also worked for KWHB in Tulsa and was an AV technician for SMG in Tulsa.
After graduating from Centralia College, Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Production from Oral Roberts University.
Brandon Chapman is a marketing and communications director at Washington State University. He has 20+ years experience in the communications field, including with the state, various local radio stations and TV stations, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Sports Illustrated. He spent two seasons (2006-07) as a professional baseball play-by-play broadcaster.
After CC, Brandon double-majored in Broadcast News and Spanish at WSU, where he was a sports editor at The Daily Evergreen, and took an active role with both Cable 8 and KUGR. He was a WSU Community College President’s Award recipient. He won the Murrow Award in 2004, and the first ever Keith Jackson Award for excellence in sports broadcasting for a student. Brandon went on to earn his master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. In the spirit of giving back, Brandon began teaching a sports play-by-play course for Murrow College in Spring 2019.
But where he really cut his teeth was from Centralia College, where he received his associate’s degree in Radio/TV, as well as actively write for the Blue & Gold newspaper. He thanks Wade Fisher and T.R. Gratz for their hand in helping teach him and provide opportunity.
Wade Fisher (he/him/his)
Professor of Media Studies
Office: WAH 124
Email Wade Fisher