If you want to be a journalist, you need a lot more skills than just being able to write well. Journalism, in all its forms, requires many different skills, all of which can be learned by going to school either in person or on line. To help you in your search for a distance learning journalism program that is right for you, I wanted to give you the names of a few top programs in the field.
Remember when you do your research that a degree in Communications, Mass Communications, or Technical Communcations is NOT the same thing as a degree in Journalism. They are similar in several ways, but not exactly the same. So check the fine print and make sure you are getting a journalism education.
University of Memphis – This was the first school in the country to offer a journalism degree via distance learning, and they have one of the best programs in the country for this subject. Their College of Communication and Fine Arts offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Journalism
West Virginia University – The Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at WVU hosts a Masters degree program, and three different minors in Journalism. They also offer a numbers of certificates, in various aspects of journalism.
University of Missouri – This school claims to have the oldest Journalism program in the world. But they have boldly stepped into the new age by offering three different journalism Masters degrees, in Media Management, Strategic Communcation, and Journalism Education.
University of Massachusetts Amherst – The Bachelors’ degree from UMA cancome with a concentration in Journalism. For those looking to learn without committing to a full degree, they also offer a five course certificate program, which covers the basics of photojournalism, sports writing, and public relations.
Full Sail University – If you already have a Bachelors and are looking to stay competitive in todays changing market, Full Sail has a Masters of Science degree in New Media Journalism. Learn how to use journalism in the on line and social media outlets, and a lot more.
Kent State University – The Masters Degree at KSU is in Journalism and Mass Communication, but it focuses heavily on public relations work. This is a degree designed to prepare a student for a management job in the industry.
Ashford University – This college offers a Bachelors program in Journalism , and also one in Communication Studies. Both programs share many classes in common, but remember that the Journalism courses will be more valuable when using your degree to get a job.
Academy of Art University – For a change of pace, check out AAU,which offers one of the only degrees you can find in Fashion Journalism. This Bachelors degree program will focus on how to best work in and with the fashion industry in crafting your stories and presentations.