Discover the 10 Best Colleges for Journalism In the US

HONORABLE MENTION: Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)

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Equipped with perhaps the best college newsroom set in the country, Ithaca has one of the very best programs in Journalism in the country.

The faculty at the school are particularly unique in the landscape of college journalism.

Professor Mead Loop, one of the noted professors of the program, is an expert in the niche of fantasy sports journalism.

Another professor, Journalism Department Chair James Rada, is a renowned expert on race and the civil rights movement.

Alumni of the program have gone onto jobs in the New York Times and ESPN. Others have started their own publications, including one entrepreneurial alumnus who started his own online local publication.

One of the media outlets the school hosts is the The Ithacan newspaper, an impressive publication that has been in operation since 1931.

Students in the Journalism program contribute to this highly ranked newspaper, which was named the Best Overall College Newspaper by the New York Press Association.

The school is noted for the excellence of its radio station, rated a top 10 college radio station in the country by Princeton Review.

2. University of Missouri School of Journalism (Columbia, MO)

University of Missouri
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One of the most prestigious journalism programs in the world, the University of Missouri School of Journalism prides itself on providing students hands-on opportunity to dive into the world of broadcasting and journalism known as the “Missouri Method.”

The school itself is home to eight media companies, including two full-service, done-for-you advertising agencies, AdZou and Mojo Ad, a publication founded in 1908 called The Columbia Missourian, and even a modern magazine available in both print and online called Vox Magazine.

One impressive facility this school houses is the Reynolds Journalism Institute. This facility, launched in 2004 under the auspices of a $31,000,000.00 grant, is dedicated researching new journalism methods and technologies.

The program even hosts the “Futures Lab,” an interdisciplinary program in which business, journalism, and computer science come together to test new methods of media and communication.

Alumni of the program include John Anderson, Sportscenter Anchor for ESPN, at least four Pulitzer-Prize winning journalists/writers, and hosts for Fox News, CNN, and CBS News.

1. Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications (Evanston, IL)

Northwestern University
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Northwestern University, as a whole, is a very appealing school due to its top-15 overall status as a university in the country.

Because of this ranking, many say that Medill is the most prestigious undergraduate journalism program in the country, as well as one of the best graduate programs worldwide.

It is also a Big Ten school, giving it a classic “university” vibe desirable for both undergraduates and graduates alike.

Some of the most recognizable faces in journalism and media started their careers in Northwestern’s program. One such alumnus is J.A. Adande, a 1992 graduate who has been heard by millions on ESPN for nearly a decade. He is now a professor at Northwestern.

Another “star” alum is Sheinelle Jones, an anchor for NBC’s “Today Show.”

Perhaps their most famous alum is George R.R. Martin, author of the acclaimed Game of Thrones books.

One of the highlights of Northwestern’s program is the opportunity for global study-abroad. Northwestern has partnered with news organizations in Qatar, South Argentina, and South Africa. Through this partnership, students work abroad for a semester here.

With one of the largest alumni bases for any journalism school, Medill’s reach is powered by 16,000 alumni. At any time, the program has nearly 1300 students spread out over 5 campuses.

These are the top 10 schools for journalism in the country.

For this list, we aggregated seven of highest-trafficked top-10 lists in the country.

Read more about our methodology here.

Here are the lists, sourced in the first week of August, 2019.

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