Journalists keep the public informed about current news and events. A journalist may work as a reporter for a local newspaper, or could be a nationally-recognized news anchor on a major network. They may serve as a magazine editor or work as a publicist for a celebrity. A sports-fanatic might end up as a sportswriter; someone concerned about world events may become a foreign correspondent. Someone interested in writing, editing or broadcast journalism may pursue a wide variety of careers in today's technologically-driven society.

Given the options of methods of covering and presenting the news in today's world, the range of job opportunities for someone interested in journalism is wide. It is not restricted to the field of writing. Journalists include news photographers who carry either a camera or a video camera, depending upon the job. With the moment-to-moment availability of the internet, blogging is another way for a journalist to present their view of the world. 24 hour news agencies provide television coverage round-the-clock, increasing the need for more journalists to be located in exotic locales. For anyone interested in travel and world culture, the options available for foreign-based journalists are especially appealing.

There are several ways to become a journalist. For some very talented writers, finding a local newspaper internship during summers in high school may provide an inroad to employment as a reporter without the need for further education. These types of opportunity are not the norm, however, and there are several options for obtaining additional education after high school for someone interested in journalism as a career choice.

Journalism Schools and Courses

Upon deciding to pursue a journalism degree, the candidate must consider what areas of news coverage or journalism in which he or she may be interested. Some schools may be better equipped to train someone interested in broadcast journalism. At such a school, journalism students typically run a campus television news station during their third or fourth year. Other schools may be better able to educate journalists interested in print media. Reading through course offerings for journalism majors at different schools may be of help in determining which schools may be the best option for someone pursuing a journalism degree.

Associate's Degree

One option is to obtain an associate's degree in journalism. This involves enrolling in a school which offers an associate's degree, which typically takes 2 years to complete. Some of the classes a student may be offered include:

- Methods and techniques for gathering news information, including conducting interviews, editing, presenting information

- Photo editing

- Advanced Photography

- Video Production

- Revolutions in Web or Graphic Design

- Public Relations and Writing

- Foreign Study in Journalism

- Environmental Reporting

- Marketing

- Principles of Creative Advertising

- Branding Yourself

Bachelor's Degree

For someone determined to obtain additional education in the field of journalism, pursuing a bachelor of art's degree in journalism and mass communication is another option. Attending one of the top journalism schools will involve meeting admission standards for incoming students, which will include having a high school diploma or equivalent. An incoming student will also be expected to meet the school requirements regarding GPA and standardized test scores on the SAT or ACT.

Completing a BA degree will take approximately 4 years for a full time student taking an average number of classes. Some of the classes a student may have the opportunity to take include:

- Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication

- News Reporting & Writing

- Ethics in Journalism

- Intermediate Composition

- Cyber-journalism

- Advanced Writing & Editing for the Media

- Global Journalism

- Journalism Law

- Advanced Editorial & Feature Writing

- Methods of Research & Analysis in Journalism

- Journalism & Politics

Master's Degree

Some of the best journalism schools offer the opportunity for journalists to pursue their master's degree. This is recommended for someone interested in working as a senior editor, advertising executive or marketing. This degree takes an additional 9 months to achieve, and indicates a dedication to obtaining additional education within a certain area of concentration. This continued study allows a journalism student to obtain specialized education in a particular subject matter, allowing them to situate news events into a larger context. A master's degree candidate may decide to specialize in the area of politics, for example, enabling them to be better prepared to discuss political events in the context of current events.

A master's candidate must take additional classes such as:

- Visual Journalism.

- Advanced Writing & Public Affairs Reporting.

- Media Law & Ethics

- Media Law & Freedom of Expression

- Professional Experience in Journalism.

- Classes associated with preparing a Master's thesis

Doctoral Program

In certain circumstances, a journalist may be drawn towards the idea of teaching journalist in a college or university, or conducting highly-specialized research in a particular area of journalism. In those instances, the journalist may decide to pursue their doctorate. This will take years to complete, depending upon the individual. Some of the coursework they may expect includes:

- Intro Research Methods

- Mass Communication Theory

- Advanced Social Science Research Methods

- Qualitative Methods

- Introductory Statistics

- Classes related to doctoral thesis preparation and presentation

The options for pursuing a challenging career in journalism is as varied as the job opportunities available for those intrigued by finding a way to present the news or their own world view. Pursuing a certificate or degree in journalism will enable the individual to obtain experience, writing skills and techniques that will enhance their marketability as a journalist.

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We found 403 schools offering journalism degree programs in the U.S.

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Top Journalism Schools Ranked By NewsPro

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY  |  Total Enrollment: 18186

Degrees Offered: One but less than two years, Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL  |  Total Enrollment: 16952

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
Columbia University in the City of New York
New York, NY  |  Total Enrollment: 19639

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate
University of Missouri - Columbia
Columbia, MO  |  Total Enrollment: 23309

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA  |  Total Enrollment: 29194

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate
Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Tempe, AZ  |  Total Enrollment: 44126

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Doctor's, First-professional degree
New York University
New York, NY  |  Total Enrollment: 37150

Degrees Offered: Associate's, Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate
University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  |  Total Enrollment: 31277

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree, First-professional certificate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC  |  Total Enrollment: 24892

Degrees Offered: Less than one year, One but less than two years, Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree
George Washington University
Washington, DC  |  Total Enrollment: 20527

Degrees Offered: One but less than two years, Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree

Browse All 403 Colleges With Journalism Programs

Title City State Enrollment
Abilene Christian University Abilene TX 4739
Alabama State University Montgomery AL 5269
Albion College Albion MI 1525
Allen County Community College Iola KS 1968
Alpena Community College Alpena MI 1853
Amarillo College Amarillo TX 8422
American River College Sacramento CA 28420
American University Washington DC 10776
Andrews University Berrien Springs MI 2749
Angelina College Lufkin TX 4412
Appalachian State University Boone NC 13227
Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus Tempe AZ 44126
Arkansas State University - Main Campus State University AR 10429
Arkansas Tech University Russellville AR 4970
Asbury College Wilmore KY 1359
Ashland University Ashland OH 6055
Auburn University Main Campus Auburn University AL 21860
Augustana College Sioux Falls SD 1783
Averett University Danville VA 2296
Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA 14466
Ball State University Muncie IN 19004
Barry University Miami FL 8650
Bay De Noc Community College Escanaba MI 2073
Baylor University Waco TX 13719
Belmont University Nashville TN 2976
Benedictine College Atchison KS 1369
Bethel College Mishawaka IN 1647
Black Hawk College Moline IL 6118
Bob Jones University Greenville SC 3706
Boston University Boston MA 28318
Bowie State University Bowie MD 4700
Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green OH 18096
Briar Cliff University Sioux City IA 917
Brigham Young University Provo UT 32554
Brigham Young University - Idaho Rexburg ID 8949
Bucks County Community College Newtown PA 8469
Butler County Community College El Dorado KS 7911
Butler University Indianapolis IN 4168
Cabrillo College Aptos CA 12807
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo CA 16877
California State University - Chico Chico CA 15912
California State University - Long Beach Long Beach CA 30918
California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 19593
California State University - Northridge Northridge CA 29066
California State University - Sacramento Sacramento CA 25714
Campbell University Inc Buies Creek NC 5880
Campbellsville University Campbellsville KY 1601
Carl Albert State College Poteau OK 1847
Castleton State College Castleton VT 1605
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant MI 26845
Central Missouri State University Warrensburg MO 10936
Central State University Wilberforce OH 1103
Central Texas College Killeen TX 14636
Central Washington University Ellensburg WA 8050
Cerritos College Norwalk CA 24536
Chabot College Hayward CA 13615
Chapman University Orange CA 4353
Chester College of New England Chester NH 203
Cisco Junior College Cisco TX 2642
College of Lake County Grayslake IL 14441
College of San Mateo San Mateo CA 10756
College of St Catherine Saint Paul MN 4487
College of St Joseph Rutland VT 529
College of the Canyons Santa Clarita CA 10528
College of the Desert Palm Desert CA 6972
College of the Ozarks Point Lookout MO 1414
College of the Sequoias Visalia CA 10251
Colorado State University Fort Collins CO 26807
Columbia College Chicago Chicago IL 9056
Columbia University in the City of New York New York NY 19639
Community College of Allegheny County Pittsburgh PA 15556
Concord University Athens WV 3048
Connors State College Warner OK 1979
Contra Costa College San Pablo CA 7133
Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA 16493
Creighton University Omaha NE 6237
Crowder College Neosho MO 1719
Cuny Brooklyn College Brooklyn NY 15039
De Anza College Cupertino CA 22770
Del Mar College Corpus Christi TX 9936
Delaware County Community College Media PA 8943
Delaware State University Dover DE 3103
Delta College University Center MI 9358
Dixie State College of Utah Saint George UT 6350
Dominican University River Forest IL 2317
Dordt College Sioux Center IA 1426
Drake University Des Moines IA 5126
Drury University Springfield MO 4348
Duquesne University Pittsburgh PA 9667
Earlham College Richmond IN 1156
East Central University Ada OK 4067
East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA 27199
Eastern Illinois University Charleston IL 10637
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond KY 13285
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti MI 23561
Eastern Oklahoma State College Wilburton OK 1946
Eastern Washington University Cheney WA 8597
El Camino College Torrance CA 24067
Elon University Elon NC 4138
Emerson College Boston MA 4074
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