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Top Journalism Graduate Schools in the U.S.

Find out which top schools have graduate programs in journalism, which typically lead to a Master of Arts in Journalism or Master of Journalism. Take a look at what three leading institutions have to offer in terms of degree options and rankings, and use the list at the end of the resource to find other graduate journalism schools in the U.S.  Graduate students who are interested in advanced studies in journalism can find programs at Columbia University, an Ivy League institution, as well as the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Maryland. Each of the three schools offers master's degrees in journalism; doctoral programs are available at Columbia University and the University of Maryland. Unique to the University of California are its dual degree programs in journalism and other major fields of study, such as law. All three schools also offer concentrations or specialized coursework in particular areas of journalism.

Excellence in Journalism Conference Set for New Orleans

ImageThe Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference, September 7-9, 2017 in Anaheim, CA, is set to be the journalism event of the year and will be host to top news professionals from broadcast, print and digital newsrooms around the country. With more than 1,500 attendees expected at Excellence in Journalism 2017, you can't miss this opportunity to partner with SPJ, RTDNA and NAJA at this premiere journalism conference. Among the highlights is the J-Expo (vendor exhibition floor) and Career Fair, where attendees can network with fellow journalists and pursue a wide variety of job opportunities.

Vizrt Student License Program

ImageVizrt Helps Video Journalism Students Learn Graphics Creation With New Starter Program
Viz Artist designers are some of the most sought after broadcast designers in the world. Vizrt is offering a special program for all aspiring broadcast designers to give their careers a head start in the media industry.The Vizrt Student License Program is offered to both freelancers and students (enrolled to educational institutions). The program has been created to provide special pricing for Viz Artist, Vizrt’s real-time 3D modeling and animation application that is used to design scenes for all of Vizrt’s graphics products. Using specially licensed software and a series of tutorials, you will become an expert in what’s become the design standard for broadcast.

High School Journalism Convention

ImageThe National High School Journalism Convention is a semiannual gathering of high school journalists and advisers sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and its partner, the National Scholastic Press Association. The associations partner to prepare hundreds of practical and professional learning sessions, from high-profile keynotes to specific, problem-solving breakouts, hands-on workshops and discussion groups. Other convention activities include an exhibit hall with vendors who sell to student media, JEA's on-site Write-off contests, NSPA's Best of Show contest, receptions, awards convocations, critiques, career roundtables and evening entertainment. The next one is Nov. 6-9 in Washington, D.C. Don't miss it.

J-Schools Reboot For Next-Generation Needs

ImageThose summer interns who just arrived in newsrooms across the nation may be enrolled in journalism schools, but the schools likely little resemble the j-schools their supervisors attended.  Journalism education -- much like journalism itself -- is in the middle of a massive reboot, one with the potential to redefine how news is produced and consumed in the decades to come. Students still learn the basics, but computer coding and entrepreneurship often are taught alongside copy editing and beat reporting. Digital is the default, and the most innovative schools are churning out students with skills newsrooms may not yet know how to use.  "Right in that first journalism class, they're going to be posting on the Web," says Mary T. Rogus, associate professor of electronic journalism at Ohio University. "They learn to shoot and edit video. They're starting out their freshman year being exposed to multiple tools, which is how we have to think of the platforms -- just another tool to tell a story."

The Changing TV News Landscape

The news programs that Americans watch on national cable channels and their local television stations have changed significantly in recent years while the network evening newscasts have remained remarkably stable, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. On cable, the news structure of the three channels the mix of interviews, packaged segments and live coverage has changed. After relying on significantly distinct formats five years ago, the three rivals now look strikingly similar. At the same time, some of the differences that demarcated daytime cable from prime time have also eroded in the past five years.

San Jose State Upgrades Production at Journalism School

ImageAdvanced Broadcast Solutions, a video and audio systems integration firm based in SeaTac, Wash., has been chosen to upgrade all of the video production facilities for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. ABS will design, procure, and install the system. Budgeted at more than $600,000, the project will include an overhaul of the television studio, control room and a separate newsroom "flashcam" location in the new converged newsroom in Dwight Bentel Hall. 

Tricks of the Entertainment Reporting Trade From Someone Who Knows

ImageMediabistro's Celebrity and Entertainment Reporting course starting online February 19 teaches aspiring entertainment journalists how to successfully cover the industry today. As the Entertainment Director for both Life & Style and In Touch magazines, instructor Jordi Lippe has made a career of covering the lives of the rich and famous.  Whether she's reporting on breaking news stories or writing a feature article about the hottest celebrity, Lippe is rubbing elbows with Hollywood's elite.

Lights. Camera. Education!

Are you a student filmmaker? Know someone who is? We want your help. If you're a student, we want you to make a short film -- and have the chance to show it right here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. If you're a parent or a friend, pass this on to a student you know.

New USC Media Center for Communication and Journalism Underway

ImageThe Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles is expanding the video and audio technology within its Wallis Annenberg Hall, a new building that's part of a multimillion-dollar technology investment. A videojournalist's delight, the project includes television and radio broadcast production and post-production systems and will result in a new 20,000-square-foot converged newsroom/media center. Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) has been awarded the contract to design, integrate, and deploy the required technology and systems.