Colleges for Aspiring News Anchors: How to Choose

Aspiring news anchors can pursue studies in broadcast journalism. Broadcast journalism involves news gathering and reporting, aimed at a television or radio audience. Programs in broadcast journalism are available at the undergraduate and graduate levels at schools throughout the country.

Broadcast journalism programs are found at many 4-year universities and colleges. Schools with student-run broadcasts are preferable, as they provide an excellent way to gain hands-on experience.

Schools with Broadcast Journalism Programs

These institutions offer broadcast journalism programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY Public, 4-year Bachelor's In-state $6,838; Out-of-state $13,948
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL Public, 4-year Bachelor's In-state $15,054; Out-of-state $30,214
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Bachelor's $45,724
University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE Public, 4-year Bachelor's In-state $6,898; Out-of-state $18,610
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY Public, 4-year Bachelor's In-state $9,482; Out-of-state $24,132
Rust College Holly Springs, MS Private, not-for-profit, 4-year Bachelor's $9,500
Ohio University Athens, OH public, 4 year Bachelor's In-state $11,548; Out-of-state $20,512
Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA Public, 4-year Bachelor's In-state $8,688; Out-of-state $21,501

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are a number of things to consider when selecting a broadcast journalism program:

  • Programs featuring faculty members who are former or currently working professionals in the field may afford students practical insights into the world of broadcast media.
  • A number of broadcast journalism schools operate their own television studios and radio stations, giving students the chance to gain first-hand experience working at public broadcast stations.
  • Some schools work with media partners, allowing students to work within the industry at television and radio stations in cities throughout the country.
  • Students specifically interested in a career in either television or radio journalism should seek out schools that offer opportunities to specialize.

Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism

Bachelor's degree candidates in broadcast journalism programs are exposed to a wide array of areas within the field, such as newscasting, program development and station operation, as well as television and radio news presentation.

Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism

A master's degree program in broadcast journalism allows students to focus on their specific areas of interest. Programs may offer concentrations in areas such as television broadcasting or sports reporting, for instance, or else may place an emphasis on news reporting. Many graduate programs also incorporate an internship or a residency component where students work at a public or student-run media outlet.

Students can opt to pursue broadcast journalism studies towards an associate's, bachelor's or a master's degree. Programs with internships or practical experience options are preferable, as they provide graduates with hands-on experience.

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