Broadcast Media Technology Program Accelerates Careers in Radio or TV

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Roxbury_broadcast_mediaIf you are dreaming of a career in broadcast radio or television, RCC’s Broadcast Media Technology Program (BMT) can connect you to knowledge, skills and job opportunities.

This program is designed for students who want to learn the latest in digital editing techniques and use state-of-the-art equipment. As part of this program, students develop, produce and direct a short video project. Other techniques taught include synchronization, audio mixing, lighting, dubbing and special effects production. You can graduate with a certificate after one year, an associate of arts degree after two years, or both after two years.

What kind of salary can a grad expect?

In the field of broadcast media technology, pay varies based on position and candidate qualifications. As an editing assistant, you can expect at least $25,000-$30,000 a year. After that, depending how good you are and what kind of contacts you make, the sky’s the limit.

Pay Day
25th percentile Median
(50th percentile)
75th percentile
Camera Operator $31,181 $37,991 $46,182
Camera Operator, Television and Motion Picture $63,052 $75,874 $94,788
Producer $40,104 $47,185 $55,720
Tape Editor $31,240 $33,642 $36,043

All figures are U.S. averages provided by salary.com. Remember, your pay will be affected by factors such as your employer size, industry and location, your credentials and your years of experience.

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A Small Program that Leads to Big Opportunities
Meet BMT Alumni

With just 27 students, the BMT program offers hands on learning, collegiality and connections to internships that increase job prospects.

Rafael Figuereo

Rafael Figuereo

Rafael Figuereo, 24, of Dorchester used his BMT certificate from RCC and a Bachelor of Arts from Fitchburg College to help land his current job as a freelance video technician. In the past, he’s worked for the Boston Red Sox, ESPN, Channel 5 and other top tier media outlets. Figuereo, who wanted to weave sports and video into a career, says, “BMT taught me a good ground game. Classes were never boring. I learned that creating video is like creating art. Videography has allowed me to travel and meet diverse people. And because I worked for the Red Sox for four years – including one of their championship seasons – I got a ring!” How did he connect with the Red Sox? They had a booth at one of the RCC Career Fairs.

Tashanea Whitlow

Tashanea Whitlow

Tashanea Whitlow, also of Dorchester, is another RCC success story. She expects to graduate in May 2015 from Emerson College after earning her Associate of Arts and BMT certificate from RCC in December 2012. Whitlow is well on her way to achieving her dream of becoming a broadcast journalist, thanks to three internships at New England Cable News (NECN) – two for credit and one for experience. Whitlow, who was originally rejected for an internship, eventually became the first RCC student to intern at NECN. She started as a receptionist, then moved on to robotic camera operator and now works full time as a news writer.

She says the BMT program is rigorous but worthwhile. “Professor Petty’s intentions are always good. He is open to creative ideas and shows tough love to motivate you to succeed.” In addition to news writing, Whitlow is host and producer of “The Commissioner’s Corner,” a public affairs program on the City of Boston’s government cable channel. She credits Professor Petty who recommended her for the position.

Michael Graham

Michael Graham

Dreams have come true for RCC graduate Michael Graham, 28, of Jamaica Plain, Mattapan – and now New York, where he landed a job shooting video at Bloomberg News. He knew a four year college would be expensive and that his grades needed to be better. He also had inspiration: his uncle Therman Toon was the first African American TV news photographer in New England. In 2006, Graham enrolled in RCC and earned both his BMT certificate and associate degree. Eventually he worked at Channel 7/WHDH TV, the same station where his uncle had pioneered decades earlier. Today Graham not only shoots video for Bloomberg. He also shoots auditions for the program called “Family Feud,” and says, “I learned a lot about video at RCC and I learned it helps to have a Plan B.”

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