Center for Mass Communication at BCAT

  • The Center for Mass Communications provides a four-year course of study for students interested in participating in extensive experiences in television, radio and print media.  From classrooms studies of the history and development of mass communications, to hands-on experiences with video and television, audio and radio, as well as multimedia and web applications, students will gain a rich understanding of the many professions possible in the communications field.

    If you are interested in being a part of this unique and exciting initiative, please complete the steps below.

    Applications must be submitted by January 31st, 2022 - no exceptions can be made.

Application Checklist

    • First, complete the Burton application and indicate Mass Communication as one of your top choices.
    • Within a week or so of your Burton application, you will receive the Mass Communication application. Gather the following information prior to filling out your Mass Communication application:
      • Student ID Number
      • Best phone number to reach parent or guardian
      • Name of your current school counselor
      • Teacher Recommendation #1 – A Social Studies Teacher (required) (Collect only the EMAIL ADDRESS of this teacher. We will contact the teacher for the recommendation.)
      • Teacher Recommendation #2 – Your Current English Teacher (required) (Collect only the EMAIL ADDRESS of this teacher. We will contact the teacher for the recommendation.)
      • Teacher Recommendation #3 – A teacher of your choice. (The EMAIL ADDRESS of this teacher. We will contact the teacher for the recommendation.)
    • Complete the following Writing Prompt on a Word document:
      • "How has the use of media and communication impacted and changed our society over the last decade? In your opinion, what is the responsibility of media outlets such as television, newspapers, and social media networks in society today?"  Please limit your response to 500 wordsThe selection committee will evaluate your response based on the following criteria:
        • Ideas & Content (50%): Does the essay respond to the prompt?  Is the essay creative in the response?  Does the essay include relevant, detailed elaboration?  Does the writer exhibit an understanding of the ethical issues involved in investigative journalism?
        • Organization (25%): Does the essay have a strong introduction?  Is the essay clearly organized, with well-transitioned paragraphs?
        • Conventions (25%): Does the writer use proper writing conventions (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, etc.)?
      • Once completed, please email the document to Mr. Joe LeGault at jlegault@rcps.us. He will submit it to the selection committee along with your completed application.