Scripps Ranks No. 7 Among Nation’s Journalism Schools

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Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism again made the list of top journalism schools in the nation, according to news professionals surveyed in a NewsPro-Radio Television Digital News Association poll.

The list of top 20 journalism schools in the U.S. was published in the December edition of NewsPro with Scripps ranking No. 7.

Universities whose journalism schools ranked in the top 10 included: University of Missouri at Columbia, Northwestern University, University of Georgia, Syracuse University, Arizona State University, Columbia University (tied for 5th with Arizona), Ohio University, University of Florida, University of Montana, and (three-way tie for 10th) Lyndon State College, University of Maryland and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to NewsPro, the survey was distributed to members of the Radio Television Digital News Association, with 1,321 respondents participating. Of the 1,128 respondents who answered the question about their professional status, 484 (42.9 percent) said they were news professionals.

Robert Stewart, director of OU’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, said it’s hard to know how OU actually stacks up against other journalism schools that made the list. He said the list of top journalism schools is based on others’ perceptions of the schools.

Stewart said that the list doesn’t necessarily compare apples to apples as Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism ranked just above OU. Columbia does not have an undergraduate journalism program.

According to Stewart, Scripps faculty and students consistently view the school as a top ranking one.

“As long as we’re in the top 10, we know we’re perceived by others as we see ourselves,” he said.

Stewart added that it’s hard to predict how Scripps’ location change into the new Schoonover Center for Communication may impact the school of journalism.

“We’re not going to be in our own building anymore,” he said, adding that the journalism school will be taking advantage of being co-located with the other schools within the Scripps College of Communication. Stewart said it will be another year and a half before all the schools are moved into the former Baker Center building.