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April 16, 2014 by aderenczau

Many people are always curious as to where the best places are to go for a journalism degree in the country. The top schools are always flip-flopping, but NewsPro put out a listing of the top 10 in the country.

I went ahead and decided to do a top five list of the best journalism schools in the nation.

This top five list was compiled using Google Maps.

What you will see when you access the map is a listing of the five schools on the side. They are in their rankings from one to five. The pin next to and on the map is representative of the school’s colors. If you click on the pin or name, you will see an explanation of why the school is in the top five and an interesting fact. Also included is a link to the school’s website and their phone number.

If you know someone who is looking to go into journalism, this list is for them.

These schools are all great schools for journalism, but like sports, someone has to be the top dog. In this case it is University of Missouri.

It is at this time, where I will begin to show you all what makes these schools great in the journalism.

The first ever school for journalism. Walter Williams made this true when he established the journalism school at Missouri in 1908. Since Williams’ founding, this school has been a perennial powerhouse for turning out journalists. The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism. Students can get hands-on experience at their television station, KOMU-TV 8 and the radio station, KBIA 91.3 FM.

Located just outside of the number three market in the United States, Chicago, Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. is one of those schools that is always recommended to young journalists. This school requires students to work full-time for one quarter of the year at a news organization. Talk about outside the classroom learning and on the job training. You can get that at Northwestern.

Moving on, we head down south to Georgia. The next stop on this list is to the University of Georgia and the Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication. There are many things that I can say about this school, but what sets it apart is all of the different avenues that a journalist can take at this school. They offer programs in broadcast/print journalism, magazine journalism, publication management and many others. A strong number three if I must say.

When it comes to notable alumni, you can find that at Syracuse. With names such as Bob Costas, Mike Tirico, Steve Kroft, Ian Eagle and many others you can certainly establish yourself as a great name at this school. If these great names came from this school, there is no telling how valuable of an education you can get here. That is what I love about this school.

Talk about a pioneer in journalism, and one of the names that comes to mind is the great Walter Cronkite. He is the man who Arizona State’s journalism school is named after. This school allows students to gain valuable experience at their campus television station and have a chance to win the ever important Student Produced Journalism awards. How amazing would it be to win one of those?

Well, there is a lot to say about these schools, but all I can say is wow. It is hard to put one above the other, but they are all great schools, and should be on any college journalists radar.





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