8. University of Georgia Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication (Athens, GA)
Speaking of the Peabody award, the nation’s most heralded accolade for electronic journalism, is housed at the University of Georgia, widely regarded as one of the top journalism schools worldwide.
Some of the nation’s most accomplished journalists graduated from the University of Georgia; they include Fox Sports broadcaster Chip Caray, ESPN analyst Maria Taylor, and even Ryan Seacrest, one of the most recognizable television hosts today.
Students can choose from one of three major concentrations at the Henry W. Grady College: journalism, advertising, and public relations. Within these three concentrations, a number of topics are covered, including media innovation, entrepreneurship, and photojournalism.
The program is quite selective and only available to students who have graduated their sophomore year at the University of Georgia.
7. Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (Syracuse, NY)
Syracuse University is home to one of most intriguing, forward-thinking journalism programs in the country.
One attractive element of this major is its partnership with ESPN covering ACC sports. In this partnership, a special program called ACC Network Extra airs on WatchESPN, the official app of ESPN.
This unique program gives students the opportunity to cover ACC games live from the school’s studios.
The school’s faculty is not simply comprised of academics; rather, the school prides itself on having experienced teachers guide students. Broadcasters who have reported live, corresponded internationally, and managed newsroom teams make up the core of the school’s faculty.
One of the best programs in the world for, alumni of the college have obtained jobs in CBS, CNN, ESPN, and Comcast.
6. University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication (Los Angeles, CA)
The heart of USC’s Annenberg program is their media center, a hub of activity comprising TV and radio studios as well as other modern journalism technologies.
One of the best opportunities at USC is to study with some of the pre-eminent scholars and journalists of Los Angeles, one of the nation’s top media capitals alongside NYC and DC.
Faculty at the school include Pulitzer-prize winning authors and reporters, as well DuPont and Emmy awardees.
At any given time, the school has about 300 undergraduate students in their program. In 2016 alone, about 40% of all the undergraduate students were participating in an internship, demonstrating how well connected this particular program is to real-world news media outlets.
HONORABLE MENTION: Emerson College (Boston, MA)
Establishing the nation’s first undergraduate broadcasting degree all the way back in 1937, Emerson has become one of the foremost institutions for 21st century journalism in the world.
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Emerson is focused on tutoring the ethical journalist to produce news for the 21st century media outlets, including stories print, digital, and video means.
Emerson is home to one of the most impressive facilities in the country for news creation based in any college, the Journalism Production Center.
This impressive center is outfitted with all the modern technology required to run a modern television production studio.
Alumni of the school are placed into the top publications worldwide. Some recent positions attained include Correspondent for The Boston Globe, News Associate for NBC, Producer for the Red Sox, and Assistant Producer for Inside Edition.