Where Are the Top Broadcast Journalism Programs Offered?

Since many schools in the nation offer programs in broadcast journalism, this article highlights a few of the schools that offer top programs to help you make an informed decision.

School Overviews

If you're interested in studying broadcast journalism, you can pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in the field. The schools in this section all offer high-ranked programs as reported by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton review.

Three of the top broadcast journalism programs in the U.S. are housed at the University of Georgia in Athens, Columbia University in New York City and American University in Washington, DC. These schools' broadcast journalism programs are approved by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Students in these programs can choose from a variety of concentrations within the field to meet their individual career goals.

University of Georgia in Athens, GA

School Highlight: Alumni from Georgia's Grady College include Pulitzer Prize winners, Emmy Award winners and CEOs.

In 2016, the University of Georgia was listed as a 'Best Southeastern College,' as well as a 'College That Pays You Back,' by The Princeton Review. Through this top broadcast journalism school, you can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a specialization in digital and broadcast journalism. The university's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications oversees the Peabody Award for excellence in radio and television.

Columbia University in the New York City, NY

School Highlight: Columbia's journalism school administers the Pulitzer Prize.

For 2017, Columbia University tied for fifth among all national universities, according to U.S. News and World Report. At the Columbia Journalism School, you can enroll in a year-long Master of Science in Journalism program, which offers concentrations in television or radio broadcast journalism. In order to gain hands-on experience, broadcast journalism students are able to work on school productions, such as Columbia News Tonight and Uptown Radio. The Journalism School at Columbia is also the administrator for the Alfred I. du-Pont - Columbia University Award, a national broadcast journalism award that has been granted to such industry notables as ABC News, CNN and NPR.

American University in Washington, DC

School Highlight: Students can work with professional alumni mentors at outlets such as the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel.

Located in our nations capital, American University offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Journalism. For those interested in a master's but who have not earned a bachelor's degree yet, the school also offer a joint BA/MA program. Students pursuing these degrees often get internships through prestigious news institutions such as NPR, VOA, The Washington Post and USA Today.

Top Broadcast Journalism Programs

The bullets below list some other other schools that offer unique or exceptional programs.

  • Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, has a sports journalism program, Cronkite Sports, which gives student the opportunity to cover all four major sports leagues as well as events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics.
  • Recent broadcast internships for Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, include opportunities with ESPN and a news affiliate in NY.
  • At least 12 scholarship programs are available specifically for journalism and mass communications majors at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
  • Students at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, can work in the university's Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center, which includes traditional media production facilities, as well as facilities designed for working with new broadcast media formats.
  • Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is located in the fourth largest media market in the country, giving students extensive access to internship opportunities through the area's numerous media outlets.
  • The journalism faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign includes Emmy, Pulitzer Prize and Sundance Film Festival award winners.
  • University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, has a student-run cable station that has won an Emmy. Programming includes English and Spanish news programs, a late-night comedy show, and a sports show.
  • Students in the School of Journalism at University of Missouri - Columbia have access to hundreds of scholarships.
  • At the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, undergraduate and graduate students can study abroad in areas like England, China, Australia and South Africa.

There are a number of top schools for prospective broadcast journalist students to consider. Many of the highest-ranked schools offer distinguished faculty or alumni, on-site media facilities or are located in large media markets.

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