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.
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!
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!
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!
All the best!