What Are Some Popular Broadcast Journalism Schools?

Review some typical characteristics of schools with strong programs in broadcast journalism. Read about three of the top-ranked schools with programs in this field, and find out what kinds of broadcast journalism degrees each school offers. Schools offering Journalism degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

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

Unlike traditional print journalism, broadcast journalism consists of publication through electronic media, such as radio, television or the Internet. When you're looking for a broadcast journalism school, consider those that can develop not only your writing and general communication skills, but also your understanding of audio and visual equipment. Top schools often feature cutting-edge facilities and experienced faculty. Awards and recognitions received by a school's graduates can also be a good indicator of a program's strength.

What Are Three of the Top Broadcast Journalism Schools?

Columbia University in New York, NY

Columbia University was ranked No. 3 among national universities and No. 6 among 'Best Value Schools' by U.S. News & World Report for 2019. Its Columbia Journalism School was the first of its kind in the country. Today, it administers the Pulitzer Prize along with various other honors for journalistic excellence, such as the Alfred I. duPont - Columbia Award and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize. If you enroll in the school's Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism program, you can take advantage of facilities that include radio, television and postproduction studios. The curriculum includes a 5-week scriptwriting course as well as broadcasting workshops.

  • Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism

Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY

In addition to claiming the No. 53 spot in U.S. News & World Report's national university rankings for 2019, Syracuse University is home to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Not only was this the first school in the country to offer radio and television instruction, it also dedicates $300,000 annually to ensure all television and radio studios, photography laboratories and other electronic media resources are up-to-date. Whether you're interested in earning an undergraduate or graduate degree, you'll be taught by faculty members who are also experienced TV news anchors and network correspondents. Available broadcasting degree programs include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Broadcast and Digital Journalism
  • Master of Science in Broadcast and Digital Journalism

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For over 75 years, the Department of Journalism at the University of Illinois has provided instruction in both print and broadcast journalism. Distinguished alums and faculty members include winners of such industry honors as the Pulitzer Prize and the Peabody Award. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school No. 46 among national universities in 2019. The following programs allow students to select course sequences specializing in broadcast journalism:

  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism
  • Master of Science in Journalism

Other Broadcast Journalism Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Delaware State University4-year, PublicDover, DE$5,000
University of Maine4-year, PublicOrono, ME$9,000
Morgan State University4-year, PublicBaltimore, MD$9,500
Hofstra University4-year, PrivateHempstead, NY$25,000
Suffolk University4-year, PrivateBoston, MA$36,500
Paine College4-year, PrivateAugusta, GAN/A
Drake University4-year, PrivateDes Moines, IA$10,500
Franklin College4-year, PrivateFranklin, IN$20,000
University of South Carolina-Columbia4-year, PublicColumbia, SC$14,000
Union University4-year, PrivateJackson, TN$8,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education

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