Students who study journalism focus on gathering and reporting facts and professionally presenting them to a variety of audiences.
Edinboro University’s undergraduate Journalism major and minor – which is offered through the Communication, Journalism and Media Department – earned the No. 29 rank among Study.com’s Best Bachelor Degree Programs in Journalism for 2021.
“Our graduates, both recent and established, are working at the highest levels of professional journalism in places like Los Angeles, California and Washington, D.C. , and engaged in digital media production for major players like ESPN and Major League Baseball,” said journalism program coordinator Jim Wertz. “Their success is a testament to our program as well as the high quality of students who choose Edinboro University to help launch their journalism careers.”
Study.com, a higher-education analytics website for prospective college students, focused the rankings on programs that develop the theory and practice of gathering, processing and delivering news and that prepare individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors and news managers.
These programs Include instruction in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; digital media skills; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.
In Edinboro’s Journalism program, expert faculty guide students through an engaging curriculum that teaches traditional reporting and editing skills, as well as how to produce content for a variety of platforms, including print, radio, television and web.
Along the way, students learn to synthesize complex information and communicate it to specific audiences in a voice that's all their own. The program emphasizes the importance of being prepared for the latest changes in the media landscape.
“This recognition is a testament to our Journalism students who strive to perform at the highest level as students, professionals and members of their community,” said Dr. Scott Miller, dean of Edinboro’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “Working closely with our faculty, our students have achieved great success through their careers, often making large impacts early-on. I could not be more proud of our students and faculty in this recognition.”
Regardless of major, students can also add minors in Broadcast Meteorology, Communication Studies, Conflict Management, Digital Media Production, Journalism, Leadership Studies and Public Relations Branding and Imaging.
Edinboro University also offers three student-run campus media sources: The Spectator weekly newspaper, WFSE-FM radio and ETV – all located in the Campus Media Center on the first floor of Compton Hall.
Edinboro University received high rankings from Study.com for affordable tuition, competitive acceptance rates, available financial aid and career services programming.
According to Study.com’s data from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Edinboro’s acceptance rate for 2020 was 83% with nearly 92% of students receiving financial aid. The higher-education ranking system also touted Edinboro’s TartanEdge platform, which offers comprehensive career services for all students and recent alumni.