For more information about the Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism, please contact:
Dr. Christopher Mackowski
Professor of Communication
Jandoli School Associate Dean
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All Jandoli School majors are required to complete 400 hours of on- or off-campus internships. It's a demanding obligation, but one that paves the road to your future success in the broadcast industry.
You will be prepared for the challenge with instruction in our Koop Broadcast Lab, and you can help satisfy the 400-hour internship requirement, and gain valuable experience, by joining our on-campus broadcast outlets. Our students have produced broadcasts for SBU-TV for years, and we recently expanded the reach of our broadcasts on cable TV and internet provider Spectrum.
Our campus FM radio station, WSBU "The Buzz," is consistently ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the best college stations in America.
I earned my bachelor's degree from the program in which I now teach and the lessons I learned at Bonaventure have served me well in everything I've done since then. After graduation, I spent two and a half years on WPIG Radio, Olean, as a newscaster and disc jockey. From there, I worked almost 12 years with the Olean Times Herald. During most of that period, I served as Pennsylvania Bureau chief, with responsibility for a staff of three full-time reporters and as many as six part-timers.
I left the Times Herald to attend law school at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. After graduation from UB, I earned a New York State law license. I still practice occasionally. I have also been a part-time tax preparer. Over time, I realized my favorite part of every one of those jobs looked a lot like teaching, which led to where I am now.
I specialize in media law and media ethics in the classes I teach for the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and I'm particularly interested in the evolution of online communication and the impact of the Internet on the law.
I am always watching for examples of the intersection of the media with the legal system -- either journalists attempting to explain the legal system to their audiences or journalists finding themselves with legal problems because of their work. I am particularly interested in the way communication is developing online and how the law is developing to deal with that online communication.
I am also interested in ethical problems of the media -- how they are handled and how that impacts the communicator's relationship with his or her audience.
And I continue to look for examples of ways a communication degree is useful in jobs that aren't obviously communication jobs. The interest grows from realizing that my journalism background served me very well in law school. My list of "non-traditional" jobs is growing constantly.
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