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The 5 Best Colleges for Aspiring Journalists

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If you're a student looking to get a degree in journalism, you're probably seeking a college that will be a good fit for your intended major. Here are the five top colleges you should look into.

Where to Study Journalism?

The decision of where to go to college is important and can be difficult. Thankfully, it does tend to be easier when you have a definite intended major. You can use the subject you want to study to help guide your college choice, as some schools certainly have better journalism programs than others. These five schools, in particular, are the ones we consider the best for aspiring journalists.

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1. University of Missouri - Columbia

The Missouri School of Journalism is 106 years old, making it the oldest in the United States. It's known for its unique 'Missouri Method,' which prioritizes hands-on instruction, or the idea of learning by doing. Students have the opportunity to work for many different organizations, including AdZou, a full-service agency, the digital-first publication The Columbian Missourian, the KBIA radio station, the KOMU TV network, Missouri Business Alert (a digital newsroom), MojoAd (an advertising agency run by students), and Vox Magazine. In addition to these myriad options for hands-on education, Missouri School of Journalism students have the opportunity to tailor their studies to one of more than 30 areas of interest. As such, students can truly focus their education on their career goals.

2. Arizona State University

Walter Cronkite himself is not the only notable name associated with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The faculty is made up of distinguished journalists and Pulitzer Prize winners, including former Washington Post Editor Leonard Downie Jr. and former BET Vice President Retha Hill. The school follows what it calls a 'teaching hospital' model of education, which offers students real-world training in live newsrooms like Arizona PBS, which is the largest media outlet run by a journalism school in the world, reaching over 1.9 million households.

3. University of Texas - Austin

If you've heard of Lady Bird Johnson, then you're familiar with one of the distinguished alumni of the School of Journalism in the Moody College of Communication at UT Austin. In fact, the school counts more than 25 Pulitzer Prize in journalism winners among its graduates and faculty. Students of the UT Austin School of Journalism also have the unique opportunity of working for one of the top-ranked college newspapers for the previous 100 years, The Texan.

Broadcast journalism study in a newsroom

4. Boston University

The journalism program at Boston University focuses on combining a liberal arts foundation with pre-professional training. Students can choose between focuses in online journalism, broadcast journalism, journalism, magazine journalism, and photojournalism in order to gear their education toward their intended career. Opportunities for hands-on training include the BU News Service, the State House program, and the ability to cover Congress as part of the Washington, DC program. This program's effectiveness is proven by the fact that its alumni have won prizes ranging from the Pulitzer to Emmy Awards and Clio Awards.

A working photojournalist

5. New York University

The journalism program at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute offers three unique selling points, the first being its location in one of the most inspiring, active, and vital cities in the country, New York City. The second is that NYU journalism students are required to choose a second major within the College of Arts and Sciences, which is a great fit for students who are looking for a more well-rounded liberal arts education. Finally, students have the opportunity to take their education to the global level by studying internationally through the Journalism Abroad program, which offers programs in Ghana, the Czech Republic, China, and England.

Are you looking for more college guidance? Check out Study.com's articles with information about hundreds of academic programs.

By Daisy Rogozinsky
October 2018
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