Best Broadcast Journalism Schools in the U.S.

Jul 12, 2018

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

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School Overviews

Students can find 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.

Educational leaders in the field of broadcast journalism include the University of Southern California, University of Illinois, University of Miami, and Boston University, all four of which were nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and/or the Princeton Review for 2017.

University of Southern California in Los Angeles

The University of Southern California is a private research institution that the Princeton Review designated as a 'Best Western College' for 2017. At the 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. The school's news network, ATBN, is an award-winning station.

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign was tied for 10th among public universities in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's list for 2017. The faculty has more Pulitzer Prize winners than any other big ten university. There are also faculty members who are Nobel laureates and 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.

University of Miami in Coral Gables

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. Students have the opportunity to work for UMTV, the school's broadcast station. The school was ranked tied as the 44th best national university by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Boston University in Massachusetts

Boston University is home to the Institute for Global Work. The College of Communication at Boston University offers a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Master of Science in Journalism. In each of these programs, students can choose a specialization in broadcast journalism. Also, both programs allow students to get real-world broadcast journalism experience at a local news organization. For 2017, Boston University was ranked tied #39 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Top Broadcast Journalism Schools

Here are some more school with outstanding broadcast journalism programs:

  • For 2017, Drake University in Des Moines, IA, was ranked #3 among universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ohio University in Athens offers its journalism programs through the Scripps College of Communication.
  • The University of Georgia in Athens was America's first state-chartered university.
  • At the University of North Texas in Denton, the communication program offers a performance area called The Black Box.
  • At the University of Nevada in Reno, the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program is offered through the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism.
  • The School of Communications at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

Students who are interested in broadcast journalism can find programs offered specifically in the field or they may choose a concentration in the subject with a broader journalism or communication program. Such programs are offered at top schools around the country.

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