College Media Matters names SBU J School one of top 50 in the United States

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College Media Matters named Stony Brook University’s Journalism School one of the best 50 journalism schools or programs in the United States.

College Media Matters, a student journalism industry blog run by Dan Reimold that is sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press, put Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism on its 2013 list of the top 50 undergraduate journalism schools or programs in the country.

The SBU J School is the only one to make the list that hasn’t been accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The J School, which was established in September of 2006, is in the process of seeking accreditation.

In an explanation of his choices, Reimold, an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Tampa and advisor to the student newspaper The Minaret, wrote:

In almost all cases, the programs must have received ACEJMC accreditation– an imperfect but highly valuable metric for ensuring quality– or they must be housed within an accredited school or college.  (Stony Brook’s j-school is one exception, as a program on the rise.)

Throughout the country, 108 journalism schools or programs have received ACEJMC accreditation. Nine standards must be met to receive accreditation by the ACEJMC, which are: mission, governance and administration; curriculum and instruction; diversity and inclusiveness; full-time and part-time faculty; scholarship: research, creative and professional activity; student services; resources, facilities and equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes.