By Tom Gilbert, NewsPro
Respondents made a clear choice in the 2013 NewsPro-RTDNA Top Journalism Schools poll of news professionals, selecting the University of Missouri at Columbia School of Journalism as the top J-school in the country.Missouri easily claimed the top spot, followed by Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Tied for fifth place were the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at
Arizona State University. Rounding out the top 10 were Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the University of Florida College of Journalism
and Communications, the University of Montana School of Journalism and, in a three-way tie for 10th place, the Electronic Journalism Arts Department at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vt., the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland.
The survey was distributed to members of the Radio Television Digital News Association, with 1,321 respondents participating. A total of 1,128 of those respondents answered the question about their professional status; of those, 484 (42.9%) said they were news professionals. Additionally, 315 (27.9%) identified as students, 211 (18.7%) answered non-news professionals and 118 (10.5%) said they were educators. The 105-year-old Missouri School of Journalism — the oldest J-school in the country, if not the world — is known for its “Missouri Method” that enables students to receive hands-on training in real news media, including the school-owned KOMU-TV, the NBC/CW affiliate for Columbia and nearby Jefferson City, Mo. UM also operates the local National Public Radio station, KBIA-FM, and produces “Radio Adelante,” a Spanish-language radio program. Some of the approximately 2,250 Missouri School students also get practical experience at the school’s Columbia Missourian publications, which include a website, a digital suite of apps, a print publication and e-books, and at Vox Magazine, which publishes a weekly iPad edition and a daily culture and entertainment blog called VoxTalk.
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