Journalism Education

STARTING J-SCHOOLS

Despite how long journalism as a profession has been around, journalism as a major was not so popular. In fact, in some places the major still doesn’t exist. However, the media industry has grown a lot in its education of future journalist.

In the US, the first school dedicated to teaching journalism was the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri which was founded in 1908.

The Missouri School of Journalism trained the first school-taught journalists in teaching them the history and ethics of the media industry, as well as helping them begin to develop the skills that create quality journalism.

Now, there are many competing journalism schools that are ranked at the top of J-schools in the US by the Washington Post.

WALTER CRONKITE SCHOOL

  1. Missouri School of Journalism
  2. Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
  3. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at University of Georgia
  4. S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  5. Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Syracuse University
  6. Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism
  7. E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University
  8. College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida
  9. School of Journalism at the University of Montana
  10. Electronic Journalism Arts Department at Lyndon State College

About the same time that Journalism schools became common, journalism awards also began to highlight the best journalism across the country. Some of these were awarded by journalism schools like Cronkite and Columbia, including the Pulitzer Prize and the  Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

As the journalism education around the country grew, so did other aspects of the media world. Some effects of journalism education has been young reporters entering into the field with prior training. And now, these young journalists often know more about their age’s digital functions than the long-time professionals. The constantly changing newsrooms inspire individuals to surpass previous boundaries to produce real, moving journalism.

As the media industry has changed and revolutionized throughout time, the reporters in America have not only welcomed the changes of technology and method, but thrived in learning to produce news through every medium.

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