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Colleges/Universities With Strong Sports Journalism Programs

TNBrave33TNBrave33 Posts: 4Registered User New Member
edited October 2010 in Journalism Major
Alright, so I'm definitely set on becoming a sports journalist. Sports and writing are 2 things I love, so why not? I was wondering if you guys could let me know of good programs for sports journalism.

2 pieces of criteria:

I would like it to be either in California or within a day's drive from Knoxville, TN.
It needs to be fairly well respected.

That's all. Thanks in advance.

Also, would it be better to get into sports marketing/management or sports journalism?
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Replies to: Colleges/Universities With Strong Sports Journalism Programs

  • TNBrave33TNBrave33 Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    Anybody out there?
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Posts: 3,568Registered User Senior Member
    1. Northwestern University
    2. University of Missouri- Columbia
    3. Syracuse
  • TNBrave33TNBrave33 Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    Are those good for journalism, sports marketing/management, or both? Also, I guess you didn't read that closely...because there's no way Syracuse is a day's drive...heh.

    But thanks anyway. Anyone else?
  • FLVADADFLVADAD Posts: 1,597Registered User Senior Member
    If a Div III LAC is okay take a look at Washington & Lee.
    ...it is the only accredited journalism program at a highly competitive, nationally ranked liberal arts college.

    It's also one one of the oldest, if not the oldest Journalism school in the country.

    I think it's also within a day's drive of Knoxville

    Here's a link:

    Department of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Cuse0507Cuse0507 Posts: 4,519Registered User Senior Member
    Syracuse is probably the best in the country for sports journalism. They basically feed people to ESPN. Even Shaq was required to take a Syracuse course before ESPN let him come on the air.
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Posts: 3,568Registered User Senior Member
    Knoxville, TN to syracuse ny - Google Maps

    I read closer than you, apparently.

    And they're the top three undergraduate journalism programs, all with big time sports. (Syarcuse with Big East Basketball, Northwestern with Big Ten Football/ Basketball*, and Missouri with Big 12 Football).


    *Not a winning program in Basketball
  • TNBrave33TNBrave33 Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    No way am I driving 13 hours in a day haha....that's a 2 day trip...but if there's any exception to the 1 day driving rule, it'll be Syracuse. How hard is it to get into that program?
  • Knights09Knights09 Posts: 1,739Registered User Senior Member
    I would honestly do sports management over journalism... Journalism is slowly dying as newspapers continue to decline and fold.
  • IBclass06IBclass06 Posts: 2,846Registered User Senior Member
    UNC Chapel Hill has a highly respected journalism school with a concentration in Sports Communication.

    Along with Ithaca, Missouri, Emerson, and Iowa, it was one of 5 colleges asked to cover the Olympics.


    According to Google Maps, it's about a 5-6 hour drive from Knoxville.
  • LakeWashingtonLakeWashington Posts: 5,917Registered User Senior Member
    Look into a college that has a TV station. If you broaden your west coast horizon beyond California, take a look at Washington State University in Pullman, home of the Edward R. Murrow School.
  • PachBPachB Posts: 83Registered User Junior Member
    What should one do if they want to work in sports journalism / photography.
    I hear majoring in Journalism is taboo because it is a dying breed.
  • Cuse0507Cuse0507 Posts: 4,519Registered User Senior Member
    What should one do if they want to work in sports journalism / photography.
    I hear majoring in Journalism is taboo because it is a dying breed.

    Not true. I have a friend at UNC-Chapel Hill who is majoring in photojournalism. He shoots for the student paper, goes to every game, travels with the football/basketball teams for their away games, and is always on the field or courtside. He's already had some of his work featured on CNN and ESPN.

    It's all about the work you do and the connections you make.
  • colomichaelcolomichael Posts: 11Registered User New Member
    Indiana University in Bloomington has one of the best journalism programs in the country, as well as very close ties with IUPUI in Indianapolis, which is part of the IU system, as well as the IU-Bloomington journalism school. IUPUI is home to a sports journalism center. Check it out.
  • URichmond2010URichmond2010 Posts: 737Registered User Member
    Colomichael, are you being paid by Indiana to plug 'em on CC? You're dredging up posts from last year, for goodness sake...
  • StitchInTimeStitchInTime Posts: 1,286Registered User Senior Member
    Penn State...checkout the PBS documentary ('The Paper') that was made on their department.
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