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What school would be the best option for me if I would like to be a journalist?

I am interested in journalism, and I am curious which school would be best for this career. I would like this college to be in or near Minnesota because I would like to stay close to home. I have always been curious about what it would be like to be a journalist, so I think it will be good to find out what the best schools for this field are.
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Merri’s Answer

Hi Ingrid! Great question!

Research the program: If there is a specific college you are interested in pursuing, research the journalism or communications program. See what type of accolades they have; consider reaching out to the school's office to try to get time with someone from the program to learn about the curriculum; or search online to see if there are any highlights or publications put out by the program. Also consider what kind of journalism you want to pursue: print, digital, magazine, broadcast; business, theater, international. Some schools may specialize in a certain type of journalism, so you'd want to make sure to pick a school that has your track.

Here's also an online list of top colleges in journalism: https://www.collegefactual.com/majors/communication-journalism-media/journalism/rankings/top-ranked/bachelors-degrees/

Community connections: I'd also consider going to school in a city/community that you'd want to be part of. Many colleges have amazing partnerships with the local businesses and publications, which can be helpful in networking and finding good internships.

Financial considerations: College can be a big financial undertaking, so also make sure to evaluate the debt to come. Consider community college first to take some of the general coursework and then transfer to a 4-year university. Research available scholarships (either online or ask your high school). Take an on-campus job to help alleviate some of the financial pressure. (Maybe even work for the school's newspaper!)

Important aspects of college are the skills you develop and the connections you make. So you don't have to go to the top school to have a successful career!
Thank you comment icon This is really helpful, thank you! Ingrid
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Brandon’s Answer

Hi Ingrid. I'm biased here as an alumni, but I would highly recommend looking into the journalism school at Arizona State University. They have an advanced, high-tech program that produces career ready graduates. I've worked with many graduates from ASU at various companies across the country and they always have a very good foundation in the industry. I know it's not quite close to home for you, but for what it's worth, I met a lot of fellow students from Minnesota during my time there.

https://cronkite.asu.edu/
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Yvette’s Answer

Hello,
I am a recent journalist undergraduate here!
It doesn't matter what institution you attend, but what you do during your time there. After you graduate you're going to be applying for jobs in the journalism field, a very competitive field I should add. Many people have the upper hand because they have connections, ergo could get a job quickly due to nepotism. My advice is no matter what school you choose to study at, GET AN INTERNSHIP.
Earnestly, get one each year you're in college!
That way you stand out and show you have experience.

Best of luck!
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Haolong’s Answer

If you want to be a journalist. The best University is the Colombia University and University of Southern California . These are the best journalism and communication school. As you said you want the school near Minnesota. New York is more close school and Colombia University is more suitable for you. The hard part is that Colombia University is one of the best university of the world. It is hard to apply. So, you should study hard and do more journalism relatively projects.

Good Luck!
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Bianca’s Answer

Hello Ingrid! Similar to the previous answer reading up on the program you are applying to and discovering what accomplishments they have made nationally and internationally could be helpful. Since I assume you are still in high school, it could be helpful to participate in newspaper and any journalism clubs alike prior to making your decision so that you can have this to put on your college application no matter where you decide to attend. Not only will experiences like these give you more of an understanding of what the field expects and what it is like to work in the field it will also look good on your college application. I attended the University of Oregon and hear they have a robust journalism school with many different clubs that students can join to gain more experience outside of class in the field.
In regards to your interest in staying close to home, it is very ideal for one of many reasons but that may limit you in the quality of education that you get and the learning opportunities outside of your home base and comfort zone. However, I have observed that you will get the education that you want based on what you put into it. So if you just attend the classes and nothing else than you will have to do alot more work once you graduate to prove yourself versus if you joined clubs, travelled and did pro bono type projects to boost your portfolio.

I hope this helps!
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Brandon’s Answer

Hi Ingrid. I'm biased here as an alumni, but I would highly recommend looking into the journalism school at Arizona State University. They have an advanced, high-tech program that produces career ready graduates. I've worked with many graduates from ASU at various companies across the country and they always have a very good foundation in the industry. I know it's not quite close to home for you, but for what it's worth, I met a lot of fellow students from Minnesota during my time there.

https://cronkite.asu.edu/
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