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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.

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#1 - June 19, 2012, 01:37 PM
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I was going to pursue journalism at Columbia.  Turns out it is listed as #1. http://education-portal.com/top_10_journalism_schools.html
#2 - June 19, 2012, 01:42 PM
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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. 
#3 - June 19, 2012, 01:54 PM
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UC Berkeley's J School is also very well regarded (#2 on that list KDuBay linked to).
#4 - June 19, 2012, 02:02 PM

Ah.  And Mizzou is #3. 
#5 - June 19, 2012, 02:45 PM
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Also Northwestern.
#6 - June 19, 2012, 03:12 PM

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I've always heard the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse was one of the top journalism schools.
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UNC, Berkeley, Florida, Maryland are really good. Really depends on the region!
#8 - June 19, 2012, 04:22 PM
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I was going to say Columbia too! Maybe NYU?
#9 - June 19, 2012, 05:59 PM

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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.

#10 - June 19, 2012, 06:51 PM

I'm a former journalist... I think the big three are generally considered Columbia, Northwestern and Missouri.
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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.
#12 - June 19, 2012, 11:42 PM

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.
#13 - June 20, 2012, 04:18 AM
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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. :)
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Midwesterners would automatically think of Mizzou (though you mentioned location doesn't matter). I couldn't have even named another J-school until recently.
#15 - June 20, 2012, 12:53 PM
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I've heard the journalism school at Northwestern is really good.
#16 - June 23, 2012, 09:31 AM

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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
#17 - July 16, 2012, 04:01 PM
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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.
#18 - July 16, 2012, 08:07 PM
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