Best Broadcast Journalism Colleges

Learn about three top-ranked schools with broadcast journalism programs, and find out what degrees each school offers. Get info about important considerations for choosing a school with a strong broadcast journalism program. Schools offering Journalism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Broadcast Journalism School?

Strong broadcast journalism programs offer well-rounded curricula. You can find classes in everything from investigative research, digital editing and live-show production to new media and online journalism. Look for instructors who have real-world and classroom experience. Also regarding faculty, check to see which professors have received professional awards and academic accolades from their peers.

Top broadcast journalism programs also highlight the achievements of recent graduates. If graduates are pursuing careers in areas and markets that appeal to you, the school is worth further exploration. The hands-on experience and professional contacts made through internships are crucial. Top programs either encourage or require you to do broadcast journalism internships. Schools located in major metropolitan areas may offer the best internship options, though schools located further from larger media markets may develop excellent internship programs, as well.

What Are Three Good Broadcast Journalism Schools?

University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA

In 2017, the University of Southern California (USC) was ranked #23 by U.S. News and World Report in its annual ranking of national universities. Professors have won the Pulitzer Prize and Emmy awards. Broadcast journalism internship opportunities abound in Los Angeles. Recent Annenberg grads now work as anchors, producers and analysts at dozens of TV and radio stations across the U.S., as well as major cable and new media outlets like CNN, AccuWeather and MLB.com. USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism offers bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism, including the following:

  • B.A. in Journalism
  • M.S. in Journalism
  • M.A. in Specialized Journalism
  • M.A. in Specialized Journalism - The Arts

University of Illinois - Bloomington, IL

The University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign (U of I) is located three hours south of the third largest media market in the U.S., Chicago. One U of I graduate to make a name in broadcast journalism is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert. Its Department of Journalism, which has been around for 75 years, claims three Pulitzer Prize winners among its faculty, as well as winners of dozens of Emmy awards. Alumni can be found today at top positions at CNN, NBC and CBS, among others. The U of I Department of Journalism offers degree programs that include:

  • B.S. in Journalism with a concentration in media studies
  • B.S. in Journalism with a concentration in cinema studies
  • M.S. in Journalism
  • Ph.D. in Communications

University of Miami - Coral Gables, FL

The University of Miami - Florida was tied for #44 nationally by U.S. News and World Report in 2017. The university's School of Communication offers an undergraduate degree program in broadcast journalism featuring faculty members who are distinguished by their real-life experience, like making documentaries for National Geographic and the Learning Channel, reporting for CNN and writing HBO screenplays. Located in downtown Miami, FL, the college offers internship opportunities in a major media market, and all broadcast journalism majors may gain experience at the university-run UMTV television station and WVUM-FM radio station. Relevant degree programs at the University of Miami - Florida's School of Communication include:

  • B.S. in Electronic Media
  • B.S. in Broadcast Journalism
  • B.S. in Media Management
  • B.S. in Journalism
  • M.A. in Journalism

Ten Schools with Broadcast Journalism Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Syracuse University4-year, Private, not-for-profitSyracuse, NY
University of Georgia 4-year, PublicAthens, GA
University of Nebraska-Lincoln4-year, PublicLincoln, NE
University of North Texas4-year, PublicDenton, TX
University of South Carolina-Columbia4-year, PublicColumbia, SC
Boston University4-year, Private, not-for-profit Boston, MA
CUNY Brooklyn College4-year, PublicBrooklyn, NY
Howard University4-year, Private, not-for-profitWashington, DC
Duquesne University4-year, Private, not-for-profitPhiladelphia, PA
Bowling Green State University4-year, PublicBowling Green, OH

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