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what would be the best colleges for a sports journalism

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Matt’s Answer

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Mark, you asked this question a few months ago and I don't know how old you are, but I was a sports journalist for many years. I attended Ball State University in Indiana, but I think that's irrelevant. If you want to get involved in sports journalism, your practical experience will matter far more than your college. Work for your school newspaper. If you have a local newspaper, see if you can work for them. Does your school do live webcasts for sporting events? Get involved. ... For a period of time in college, I would cover a high school basketball game on Friday night for the local newspaper, the college game on Saturday for my college paper, and another high school game Saturday night. I can't even tell you how valuable all that was. Good luck!
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Kathleen’s Answer

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My alma mater, Auburn University, also has an excellent program. Students have achieved great success - as print and online sports journalists, news/sports reporters and radio talk shows and more. There are also excellent opportunities to gain additional skills and experience through The Auburn Plainsman (school newspaper), radio broadcasting, student TV news, and even valuable broadcast opportunities (video/editing, etc.) connected with the Auburn Athletics program.

Loving sports is also something that each of those successful alumni have in common.

There are a lot of good programs, as others have also highlighted. You need to do your research and dig deeper into all of them. Reach out to the schools to get more information and details. In the end, you need to choose the program that you want to attend.

I am a product of the news media side and have had a long career in international and national news media. If you are focused on what you want to do in you career, work hard to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, and work your way up in the business — you will do well. Just remember that you need to work for it. It’s a competitive industry. Good luck!

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Pam’s Answer

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You should take a look at Syracuse University. Not only do they have one of the top journalism programs (Newhouse School of Communications), but also one of the top Sport Management programs (Falk School).
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Bernie’s Answer

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I would strongly recommend the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Syracuse alumni include Bob Costas, Sean McDonough, Mike Tirico and Beth Mowins. See the link below to learn more about opportunities through the school's partnership with ESPN.

https://newhouse.syr.edu/news-events/news/syracuse-espn-partnership-provides-students-ultimate-sports-broadcasting-experience
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Julia’s Answer

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The University of Missouri, Columbia, consistently ranks as the top journalism school as well as Northwestern.

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Brandon’s Answer

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Arizona State University has one of the top sports journalism programs in the country. Students get an opportunity to cover college, professional, and international events and athletes through a variety of platforms including TV, Digital, and more using state-of-the-art technology and equipment. ASU students who graduate from this program are consistently hired and prepared for the current sports media landscape after they graduate.

Brandon recommends the following next steps:

  • If your are interested in more information about ASU's sports journalism program you can find it here: https://cronkite.asu.edu/content/sports-journalism
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