Otterbein’s Communication Department offers a variety of practicum courses in which students can get hands-on experience in select areas of communication. Through the completion of certain practicums, students can apply to become a staff member- some of these positions are even paid! Each week, we will feature one of the practicum courses. Explore our first featured practicum below.
WOBN 97.5 Radio Practicum
Led by Janice Windborne and the WOBN staff, “rookies” in the WOBN practicum learn the in’s-and out’s of radio broadcasting in hopes of earning their certification at the end of the course. Students have the opportunity to board-op, set up a live event, create PSAs, and showcase their broadcasting talents on air. Once certified, students can broadcast on air without supervision and can apply for a staff position.
One perk of the practicum experience is that, as early as your freshman year, you can get involved. A prime example of this is Tim Neptune, freshman journalism and media communication and marketing double major. After completion of the WOBN practicum his first semester, he is now on staff as the promotions director.
For Neptune, the hands-on training was very helpful and essential to his success with the station.
“I quickly learned how to operate the radio station controls,” he said. “I became very comfortable with the board.”
Current WOBN rookie and sophomore JAMC major Alicia Lawson also appreciates this aspect of the course.
“It’s not just learning in the classroom; within the first few classes, we were already talking on air,” said Lawson. “We are thrown into learning everything hands-on, which is extremely beneficial and, in my opinion, the best way to learn.”
The WOBN practicum meets on Mondays from 4-5 p.m. and is worth one credit hour.