By Tom Gilbert
Respondents made a clear choice in the 2013 NewsPro-RTDNA Top Journalism Schools poll of news professionals, selecting 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 s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and Syracuses S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Tied for fth 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 Ohios 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.
Th e 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%)news professionals and 118 (10.5%) said they were educators.
Ththe oldestMissourion training in real news media, including the school-owned KOMU-TV, the NBC/erson City, Mo. UM also operates the local National Public Radio station, KBIA-FM, andlanguage radio program.
Some of the approximately 2,250 Missouri School studentss 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.
Asked why they selected a certain school as their top choice, responses were quite detailed. As can be expected, the Missouri School time and again won praise for its real-world approach. “ The Missouri program, with its commercial television operation, offers the practical hands-on experience needed by young journalists looking for that rst job. Two or three other schools have similar programs, but not at the same level,” wrote one of the many school’s supporters.