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Title: journalism college
Post by: Car on June 19, 2012, 01:37 PM
One of my characters wants to be a journalist. Where would be a kid's "dream college" to do that? Let's assume location (as long as it's in the states) doesn't matter.

Thanks! 
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: KDuBayGillis on June 19, 2012, 01:42 PM
I was going to pursue journalism at Columbia.  Turns out it is listed as #1. http://education-portal.com/top_10_journalism_schools.html
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Stephanie Leeth on June 19, 2012, 01:54 PM
University of Missouri at Columbia Missouri.  It has been a very respected J school for a LONG time and still is.    They have special programs for J school students. 
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Mike Jung on June 19, 2012, 02:02 PM
UC Berkeley's J School is also very well regarded (#2 on that list KDuBay linked to).
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Stephanie Leeth on June 19, 2012, 02:45 PM
Ah.  And Mizzou is #3. 
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Christine B. on June 19, 2012, 03:12 PM
Also Northwestern.
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Anissa on June 19, 2012, 04:15 PM
I've always heard the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse was one of the top journalism schools.
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Kell on June 19, 2012, 04:22 PM
UNC, Berkeley, Florida, Maryland are really good. Really depends on the region!
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: JennaWren on June 19, 2012, 05:59 PM
I was going to say Columbia too! Maybe NYU?
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: TH on June 19, 2012, 06:51 PM
My son just got his MS from Columbia School of Journalism in May. It is considered the top graduate school for journalism (arguably, of course)...but it sounds like you want an undergrad program.

Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: cindoh on June 19, 2012, 09:40 PM
I'm a former journalist... I think the big three are generally considered Columbia, Northwestern and Missouri.
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: stephg on June 19, 2012, 11:42 PM
It definitely depends on what kind of journalism. Print or broadcast. I've been a broadcast journalist for 20 years and can tell you on the broadcast side Missouri and Newhouse at Syracuse are two of the best. They've kept up with the changes in journalism when it comes to social media better than many other j schools.  When we have job openings we can pretty much count on quality candidates coming out of those programs.
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Stephanie Leeth on June 20, 2012, 04:18 AM
stephg, that's good to hear.  My niece is at Mizzou, and wrote (and did photo journalism) for Her Campus, one of their online outlets through her freshman year.
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Tori on June 20, 2012, 12:37 PM
All of the schools mentioned are excellent.  Our daughter wanted to be a broadcast journalist (and is one) but also wanted to attend a university that didn't have a journalism major, so she majored in English and interned at networks during semesters and summers and did the university radio show.  There are other options, depending on what happens to your character and what he/she decides to do or can/cannot do. :)
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: AdamV on June 20, 2012, 12:53 PM
Midwesterners would automatically think of Mizzou (though you mentioned location doesn't matter). I couldn't have even named another J-school until recently.
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Veronica on June 23, 2012, 09:31 AM
I've heard the journalism school at Northwestern is really good.
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: AnnS on July 16, 2012, 04:01 PM
Definitely think about whether the character wants to be a journalism major and check to make sure the dream college has that major for undergrads.  This is the link the the Columbia undergrad majors, and it doesn't look as if it's listed unless it's somehow embedded in one of these (many, many) other majors. http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/admissions/college/areas.php
Title: Re: journalism college
Post by: Jody Feldman on July 16, 2012, 08:07 PM
You may also may want to consider your character's preferred learning style, aspirations. Of the top three, Columbia is a grad-school experience. Northwestern, I understand, is more theory-based. University of Missouri uses more hand's-on, real world experience (dubbed the Missouri Method). Syracuse and USC are especially noted for broadcast journalism.

If you have any specific questions about Mizzou, feel free to ask. I'm a J-School grad and still have ties to the school.