Top Universities for a Broadcast Journalism Major

Discover some of the top universities offering programs in broadcast journalism. Learn program and ranking details about three of the top schools offering majors in this field to help you make an informed decision on your education.

Individuals earning a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism learn both behind-the-scenes and on-camera skills, such as producing and covering news stories. Several of the most distinguished schools offering programs in this field are public universities.

Schools Overviews

Three of the top universities for broadcast journalism are the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, the University of Miami and East Carolina University. All of these schools have been nationally or regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report and/or The Princeton Review for 2017. They also offer hands-on training through their broadcast journalism programs.

University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

School Highlight: Alumni of the Department of Journalism have gone on to win Emmy Awards, Pulitzer Prizes and Peabody Awards.

This school, which has educated and employed Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize recipients, was ranked among the top 50 universities in the nation for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a concentration in broadcast journalism. Students majoring in broadcast journalism take classes in U.S. journalism history, reporting and news writing. In addition, they assist with the production of college-run AM and FM radio stations, as well as public television broadcasting.

University of Miami in Miami, FL

School Highlight: The university was ranked tied for #44 on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of all national universities.

Named as a 2017 'Best Southeastern College' by The Princeton Review, Miami offers a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a major in broadcast journalism. Students take foundational courses in history, politics and economics before pursuing more focused studies in communication laws, journalistic writing, audience metrics analysis and newscasting. Through the school's TV and radio stations, broadcast journalism majors can learn about studio directing, producing, post-production editing and reporting.

East Carolina University in Greenville, NC

School Highlight: Students in the School of Communication are eligible for seven unique scholarships, including the Pirate Radio Scholarship and the CommCrew Scholarship.

At East Carolina University, students who are interested in broadcast journalism can enroll in the School of Communication and choose a concentration in journalism or media studies. In addition to learning about effective communication methods, students also have the opportunity to complete a for-credit internship; students in the past have worked at broadcasting-related organizations such as CNN and Sirius/XM Radio. For 2017, East Carolina University was ranked as a 'Best Southeastern College' by The Princeton Review.

Top Broadcast Journalism Universities

Here are some more schools with excellent broadcast journalism programs:

  • The Institute for International Journalism on the main campus of Ohio State University in Columbus offers international internships as well as study abroad experiences.
  • Temple University students can take advantage of internships in Philadelphia, PA, the fourth-largest media market in the nation.
  • At the University of Georgia in Athens, students can join Di Gamma Kappa, the university's official broadcast society.
  • Graduates of the broadcasting program at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln have gone on to work for companies such as ESPN, Fox News, CNN and MTV.
  • At the University of North Texas in Denton, students can gain field experience with local stations such as and NTNewsnet.
  • The University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, was ranked #23 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.
  • At the University of South Carolina in Columbia, broadcast journalism majors complete a capstone experience that involves the production of a daily television newscast airing on campus and on local stations.

If you are interested in broadcast journalism, there are top-notch institutions around the country that offer training in this field through a combination of coursework and hands-on broadcasting experiences.

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