Best Broadcast Journalism Schools in the U.S.

Learn about the best schools for broadcast journalism, through which students learn how to write, film, edit and produce for radio and television. Read about the degree options at three universities, and find a table with at-a-glance facts about other schools that offer studies in broadcast journalism.

School Overviews

Educational leaders in the field of broadcast journalism include the University of Southern California, University of Illinois and University of Miami, all three of which offer undergraduate and graduate programs in broadcast journalism, journalism or communication. In addition to in-class studies, individual schools may provide students with access to campus-based broadcasting stations or studios.

1. University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA

School Highlight: ATVN, the school's news network, is an award-winning station.

The University of Southern California (USC) is a private research institution that The Princeton Review designated as a 'Best Western College' in 2015. At USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism or a Master of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis on broadcasting. Students also have the opportunity to work for on-campus television and radio shows, such as Annenberg TV News or Annenberg Radio News.

2. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

School Highlight: The faculty has more Pulitzer Prize winners than any other Big 10 University.

The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign (UIUC) was tied for 11th among public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015. The faculty includes Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel laureates; alumni have received Emmy and Peabody awards. Through the university's Department of Journalism at the College of Media, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a broadcast journalism specialization. The program has been approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science in Journalism.

3. University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL

School Highlight: Students can work for UMTV, the school's broadcast station.

The University of Miami is a private institution that includes the School of Communication, through which students can examine the different aspects of television, radio and Web operations. Undergraduate programs include a Bachelor of Science in Communication with an emphasis on electronic media, broadcast journalism or media management. Graduate students can earn a Master of Arts in TV Broadcast Journalism. The School of Communication also provides students with access to postproduction stations and state-of-the-art radio and television studios.

Top Broadcast Journalism Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University Institute for Global Work Boston, MA
Drake University Ranked 19th in quality and value by in 2015 Des Moines, IA
Ohio University Scripps College of Communication Athens, OH
University of Georgia America's first state-chartered university Athens, GA
University of North Texas Communication program offers a performance area called The Black Box Denton, TX
University of Nevada Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism Las Vegas, NV
Webster University School of Communications offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program in journalism St. Louis, MO

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