UM Journalism School Ranked Eighth Best in the Nation

January 04, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Journalism recently was ranked the eighth best college journalism program in the nation in a survey by the Radio Television Digital News Association. The No. 1 theme cited by voters in the survey was equipping students with real-world experience.

“Being in Missoula, Montana, provides something no one else can,” one survey respondent said. “It’s a mix of people, cultures, the great West, history and beautiful scenery.”

The UM School of Journalism was praised for both quality and location by voters. Dean Larry Abramson said he’s thrilled the school has been recognized as one of the top 10 journalism schools in the country.

“The secret is out,” Abramson said. “Journalism students can get a big-city experience in a beautiful place. They can study with great faculty in a state-of-the-art facility, yet pay an affordable price. We have everything the competition has, except for the traffic.”

Another survey respondent noted the hidden-gem appeal of UM’s journalism school, calling it “the best under-the-radar school in the entire country,” noting the school “has this amazing mix of being a small school with national faculty and being in an incredible location.”

The association is a professional organization for reporters working in digital formats. RTDNA members include those working in the industry, as well as educators and students. NewsPro, a publication serving those in the news profession, also was part of the survey.

According to the website, the survey was sent to all RTDNA members. More than 1,300 people participated; of those nearly 43 percent were news professionals. Additionally, nearly 28 percent of respondents identified as students, nearly 19 percent reported they were non-news professionals and 10.5 percent said they were educators.

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Contact: Alyssa Rabil, UM School of Journalism media and information coordinator, 406-243-4366,