Dallas Journalism Schools
Aspiring journalism students in Dallas have a full range of journalism school choices within 45 minutes of downtown. The three schools featured in this article all have broadcast facilities ranging from radio stations to full production studios and offer a variety of bachelor's degree programs in print or media journalism. Following is a table comparing school tuition rates and other attributes, and at the end of the article is a brief paragraph covering three other area schools with journalism programs.
- Located in the city of Dallas just four miles from downtown, Southern Methodist University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit institution with fully equipped broadcast facilities and a teacher-to-student ratio that ensures personal attention while affording meaningful student interaction. This school offers several bachelor's degree program options.
- The University of Texas at Arlington features the most ethnically diverse student population in the region and its own radio station. This large school is situated about 22 miles from downtown and offers bachelor's degree programs. The school won three first-place finishes in the National Broadcasting Society south-central competition in 2012.
- About 35 miles away in Denton, the University of North Texas is one of the largest universities in Texas and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs in journalism. The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference is this school's nationally acclaimed annual conference.
Comparison of Schools
Besides degree programs available, cost and school size may be important factors when trying to find the right school. The following table compares enrollment, tuition and campus setting for the three schools featured in this article.
|Southern Methodist University||The University of Texas at Arlington||University of North Texas|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||11,789*||46,497*||38,276*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb*||Large city*||Midsize city*|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$52,498*||$9,952 in-state; $25,152 out-of-state*||$10,544 in-state; $20,504 out-of-state*|
|% of New Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||79%*||85%*||79%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||49%*||71%*||72%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||91% for full-time students*||71% for full-time students; 55% for part-time students*||78% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began studies in 2011)||81%*||50%*||54%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Southern Methodist University
The journalism programs are available through the Meadows School of the Arts, which is considered one of the nation's foremost arts education institutions. Southern Methodist University's (SMU) diverse bachelor's degree programs in journalism provide instruction in the latest technology and production methods, including instruction in all platforms used in today's robust media market. In addition to journalism programs, students have access to film and arts, theater, music and dance programs at the school and more than 400 events.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
SMU offers junior and senior journalism students year-round internships in cooperation with local media outlets. First-year students at SMU get hands-on experience with the Student Media Company, which affords opportunities to work on the newspaper, yearbook and multimedia broadcasting facility. Journalism students have 24-hour access to the broadcast facility to hone their practical journalism skills. Journalism courses include writing, ethics, audio and video production, reporting and investigative reporting, digital journalism and communication law.
William J. O'Neil Program in Business Journalism
SMU offers the William J. O'Neil Program in Business Journalism, which includes 37 credit hours of journalism courses, as well as a business major with courses from the Cox School of Business and economics department. Alternatively, the student can add 18 hours of business administration courses and graduate with a business minor. Admission to this program is competitive and requires approval of the O'Neil chair.
Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Strategic Communication with double major in Journalism
Combining public relations with journalism, SMU provides students with another facet of journalism that includes public communications issues, such as strategic writing and crisis management. Adding public relations courses on communication in a variety of contexts, students learn basic journalism skills and how to apply them for public consumption in specialized markets and circumstances.
Minor in Journalism
The journalism minor includes 22 credits of courses in convergent media, reporting, communication law and digital journalism. Additionally, students gain a fundamental understanding of news media by completing courses in audio production, basic video and writing.
University of Texas at Arlington
As one of the largest institutions in the University of Texas system, the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) provides a selection of communication-related degree programs. The campus sits on 420 acres, serving a diverse population of more than 30,000 students. The Department of Communication is part of the Liberal Arts College and, in addition to journalism, offers communication courses geared toward advertising, public relations, teaching and communication technology.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Journalism
Communication majors are able to specialize in journalism through 39 semester hours of work. In addition to general requirements, electives and core courses for the major, aspiring journalists can study photojournalism, reporting and writing for mass media. High-level courses represent 18 of these hours, and they can include topics in specialized reporting, public affairs reporting, news editing and feature writing.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Journalism Secondary Teaching Certification
UTA offers teacher specializations through the communications department. In order to complete the secondary certification, students must complete 39 semester hours in journalism courses like writing for mass media, photojournalism, news editing and feature writing.
University of North Texas
University of North Texas (UNT) students are provided with extensive hands-on learning opportunities in a variety of journalism roles, including photojournalism, reporting, writing and multimedia productions. The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism offers a variety of internships in television, radio and web production organizations. Students gain experience anchoring, doing live reporting, shooting footage, editing and producing.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
Journalism students at UNT can choose from one of five concentrations in advertising, broadcast and digital journalism, digital and print journalism, photojournalism and public relations. Each track requires standard foundation courses in mass communication principles, advertising, public relations and media writing, before going into courses specific to the student's program of choice. In addition to the basic journalism coursework, students work in the school's studio and computer lab, putting their classroom training to the test by assembling and composing their own productions for print, broadcast or the web.
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with Teacher Certification
The UNT teacher certification program combines courses from the UNT News Department and the College of Education to provide prospective secondary school teachers with the skills to teach basic journalism courses and to be able to supervise and mentor student publications, such as school newspapers, websites, yearbooks and broadcasts. Completion of this program will prepare the student to sit for teacher certification examinations in journalism for grades 8-12.
Sports Media Certificate
UNT offers the sports media undergraduate certificate as an extension of the bachelor's degree in news. This program teaches reporting, feature writing and visual techniques used in multi-platform productions of sports news articles and feature stories. Students study ethics, entertainment aspects and the business of sports journalism.
Master of Arts in Journalism
Master's candidates at UNT take core courses that examine the historical, legal and technical aspects of mass communication and its interaction with social, economic and political factors. Research and analysis education feature heavily in the master's programs, and students are encouraged to select a discrete area of study that corresponds to their career interests. Master's candidates are also required to produce a thesis in their area of study.
Master of Journalism
The 36-credit master's degree program examines concepts in international mass communication, news writing and reporting, new media and photojournalism. The 6-hour thesis is optional, and students may complete an internship in areas such as news-editorial and photojournalism.
Graduate Certificate in Narrative Journalism
UNT offers a 15-credit graduate certificate geared towards professionals engaged in writing, publishing or teaching. Courses include advanced reporting, advanced feature writing, narrative journalism, literary journalism and publishing for magazine and literary markets.
Other School Options
Journalism programs can also be found at Texas Wesleyan University located roughly 27 miles from Dallas, Texas Christian University located 33 miles from Dallas and Southwestern Adventist University located 41 miles from Dallas.