College Magazine says Missouri J-school is #1

I saw College Magazine’s “Top 10 Journalism Schools 2014” feature being shared on social media this morning and wondered if was just one staffer’s list based on reputation, or maybe what his friends are telling him. How the list was put together wasn’t explained.
I asked publisher Amanda Nachman about the rankings and she assured me that they are “in fact rooted in qualitative and quantitative research including student interviews.”

Ross Tetzloff, our student editor, began his research by casting a wide net, as a part of our process. Together, we review the research before the ranking is written. He initially looked at j-schools with cutting-edge classes, notable faculty and unique hands-on experiences.

He also took note of universities who had recently won Hearst Awards and Pacemakers in 2014. Scholarship opportunities and note-worthy initiatives were considered as well. From there Ross narrowed his list down to 20 top contenders, further exploring each school’s program’s specialization areas, course catalogs, career resources, alumni connections, faculty expertise and school-specific journalism initiatives.

After narrowing the list to 10 final schools, he interviewed students to bring out each school’s unique color. The final order of the top 10 university journalism programs is based on a scoring focused on prestigious faculty, faculty to student ratios, award-winning publications, alumni networks and innovative course offerings.

The schools:
1. University of Missouri–Columbia – Missouri School of Journalism
2. Penn State University – College of Communications Department of Journalism
3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Journalism and Mass Communication
4. Western Kentucky University – School of Journalism and Broadcasting
5. Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism
6. Indiana University Bloomington – School of Journalism
7. Syracuse University – S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
8. University of Georgia – Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
9. University of Maryland, College Park – Philip Merrill College of Journalism
10. Arizona State University – Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications

* College Magazine’s Top 10 Journalism Schools for 2014 (