50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges & Universities

A list of 50 undergraduate journalism programs I consider to be the best in the U.S.

Tribune: Marquette Journalism Program Changes Trigger ‘Frustrations Among Students That Cannot Be Ignored’

A new editorial in The Marquette Tribune raises concerns about recent changes to the Marquette University journalism program, aligning them with the media industry’s larger perceived “dumbing-down.” Among other critiques, editors cite an apparent over-emphasis on teaching students superficial self-promotion techniques, possibly at the expense of needed journalism principles.

Dan at AEJMC Conference: Come See Me in St. Louis

Like many journalism educators, I’m heading this week to St. Louis for the annual Association of Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention. I’m presenting twice, including at the gathering’s sole college media session.

Print Journalism Track Converged in New UNLV Curriculum

The end may be near for print journalism, the professional field and the academic major.  The Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies at UNLV is the latest j-school or program to announce a curricular reshuffle that includes an ink-stained goodbye to the print journalism concentration. — What used to be four tracks (print […]

Michigan State University’s Reporting on Islam Course “Uncomfortable, Worthwhile”

Interesting course alert: Reporting on Islam, a 400-level pilot class jointly sponsored by the j-school and Muslim Studies program at Michigan State University. According to a UPI report, it is aimed at “teach[ing] students how to deal with the complexities of reporting on Islam in a post-Sept. 11 world.” — The course syllabus for this […]

Minnesota Students Capture an American Dream in Flux, Online and in Print

More than 30 students at the University of Minnesota spent the past semester in FLUX. They created a printerrific, Webtastic class project on steroids, documenting the changing nature of the modern American dream via a full-color magazine and accompanying Web site. — — As a letter from editor in chief Katie Pelton shares: — If […]

A Note of Thanks to USC, Annenberg for ‘& Journalism’

During this time of thanks, I want to offer a sincere thank you to the University of Southern California. In early October, USC announced that its Annenberg School for Communication was being renamed the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. — In this era of uber-uncertainty and declining professional prospects within the industry, the school’s […]

Report: Journalism Should Be Embedded Within “Very DNA of American Higher Education”

Journalism education will not only survive but should be embedded into “the very DNA of American higher education,” according to an Ohio State University law professor. — As reported in a new Lantern piece, the prof’s vision of modern j-education includes “train[ing] people from all walks of life to deal with the enormous amount of […]

Northwestern Innocence Project Sparks Journalism Debate

In case you have been stuck on no-journalism-allowed island recently: Past undergraduate journalism students at Northwestern University working on the famed Innocence Project have been accused of bribing witnesses and acting somewhat inappropriately while investigating a murder case that eventually set a wrongfully-convicted man free.  As the New York Times reports: Illinois prosecutors “said that during their three years of […]

“University-Based Reporting Could Keep Journalism Alive”

As the professional press compresses and its original content wanes, student journalism will rise to a place of uber-importance, a new Chronicle of Higher Education report confirms.  As the piece quotes a professor recently telling his journalism students, “We are surrounded by people who say that the world is coming to an end, but it is […]

Journalism Student Secretly Released After 2 Years in Prison

Warning: Do NOT study journalism in Afghanistan.  Or at least for now, if you do, keep your mouth shut.  Case in point: An Afghan journalism student was secretly freed earlier this month after spending nearly two YEARS in prison.  His crime: Speaking up in class “about women’s rights under Islam.” — Specifically, according to an […]

“Encyclopedia of Journalism” Set to Debut at Month’s End

Six volumes.  Three thousand pages.  Roughly 350 signed entries.  Contributing scholars galore.  Launch date: late September 2009.  It is the Encyclopedia of Journalism, an everything-and-more look at news media then and now overseen by The George Washington University professor extraordinaire Christopher Sterling. — Sterling has been shepherding the project to fruition for more than four […]

New Journalism Class: From Breaking News to . . . Tweets?!

“The way you make yourself valuable on the Web is: you edit the [expletive] Web.” – Jay Rosen — So begins the syllabus for a new tweetastic, microblogerrific DePaul University journalism class that is all atwitter over Twitter, employing the site’s 140-character-at-a-time grab-bag of information as the centerpiece of a semester-long practicum on journalism investigations […]

Women Rule J-Schools, Still Hit Newsroom Glass Ceilings

Kansas University recently confirmed what journalism educators and undergrads have known for years: Women rule the j-school. At KU currently, female students comprise roughly 70 percent of the total enrollment in the School of Journalism. According to a Lawrence Journal World report, the reasons given for the trend by the school’s dean and a few […]

Media Trainer: Journalism Education in India Ailing

In a new exchange4media piece, Pradyuman Maheshwari, a media trainer and blogger in India, argues that the country’s journalism education system has been overrun with “fly-by-night” institutes that do NOT prepare students for the craft. — According to Maheshwari, the ills of the j-education system include: a severe shortage of teachers with actual journalism and […]