Published on September 4, 2015 by Sean FlyntSamford University’s Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) Department has earned impressive honors in a new ranking of national journalism education programs for 2016. The College Factual website recognized the program as the top journalism program in Alabama, a top-50 "best value" in journalism education in the U.S., one of the top 15 programs in the South and 56th overall out of the 182 colleges included in the report. The site provides rankings and other customized information to help students find the college most likely to lead to their future success.
“Samford JMC aims to be the best JMC program at a private school in the country,” said department chair Bernie Ankney. “College Factual found that Samford is a great value in journalism education, and it is one of the top journalism programs in the South.”
Ankney noted that the College Factual rankings consider the average salary of alumni in its rankings. He said that tends to hurt Samford in the rankings because the cost of living in Birmingham is much lower than New York or Los Angeles, with obvious implications for salaries. “Samford still ranked ahead of some of the best JMC programs in the country,” Ankney said.
Ankney said the College Factual honor comes at a time of exciting growth in the department. A new sports media minor added this year reflects strong projected demand for that professional specialty in the next decade. “Samford JMC also put in place a new curriculum last year that I would match up against any program in the country,” Ankney said. “The new curriculum will give students the skills to compete for any job in print journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising."
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.