This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
A student at Vietnam National University has a question for our Foreign
Student Series. Phuong Lan wants to earn a master's degree in the United States
and would like to know about journalism programs.
109 programs are recognized by the Accrediting Council on Education in
Journalism and Mass Communications. Some of the best-known include the ones at
the University of Southern California, the University of Missouri and the
University of North Carolina. They also include the journalism schools at
Columbia University in New York City and Northwestern University in
Northwestern, for example, has the Medill School of Journalism.
Medill says it provides its graduate students with the chance to study and work
in the real world. Local newspapers and television stations carry their reports
on government, crime and civic issues in the Chicago area. Other subjects
include magazine publishing and Web design. And the Medill News Service offers
experience reporting in Washington.
Graduate students at Medill can expect to pay more than 58,000 dollars
this coming school year. That includes a place to live, meals, books and costs
like health insurance. Medill also has an undergraduate program.
Medill scholarships or financial aid are not available to international
students. Foreign students are advised to seek aid from their home country or
groups like the Inter-American Press Association Scholarship Fund. Scholarship
winners from Latin America and the Caribbean spend a year at a journalism school
in the United States or Canada.
Journalism schools offer professional degrees, and some offer doctorates.
Students may be able to earn a joint degree with another program like law or
It is true that the value of a journalism degree has been a traditional
subject of debate among people in the media. But journalism schools offer
training in skills like reporting, writing and production. They also teach about
legal issues like plagiarism and libel law and freedom of speech. In addition
they may offer classes in other areas, including public relations.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, written by Nancy
Steinbach. Our Foreign Student Series is online with audio files, transcripts
and useful links at voaspecialenglish.com. To send us questions, write to
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