Named for its most illustrious alumnus, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication is highly regarded nationwide by educators and professionals. It has won national and regional Emmys for student television productions, is nationally ranked fourth in television news and first in the Northwest for its public relations sequence.
During the past decade, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has consistently ranked nationally for research publications and submissions. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly ranks the Murrow College ninth in the nation for articles published (from 1993-2013). Murrow also ranks 13th for the number of articles submitted during these same years.
The College of Communication is ranked No. 1 by ComVista in three research areas: Advertising, Literacy (i.e. media literacy) and Drugs (Substance Abuse Prevention). Murrow is listed among the top ten research programs in 27 of 99 research areas (by CIOS.)
In 2014, the journalism program was ranked in the top 20 nationally by a survey done by NewsPro Magazine, and RTDNA.
Study in the College’s facilities provides exposure to and mastery of new digital production and content creation technologies. The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has three computer labs, including a writing lab, an advanced graphics and data analysis lab, and a broadcast news lab; television production studios and TV editing suites; a radio station and radio/audio labs; and a state-of the-art news production/broadcast lab. In addition, the College houses three nationally acclaimed media outlets, including Northwest Public Radio, Northwest Public Television and the Murrow News Service.
Key Undergraduate Offerings
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers sequences in three key communication fields: Communication & Society, Journalism & Media Production and Strategic Communication. Within these sequences, students can take courses that broaden their experience in a specific emphasis area such as advertising, broadcasting, communication, communication studies, journalism or public relations. It offers the only comprehensive broadcast program in the state of Washington. The College is noted for combining professional skill-building and theory and is one of only a few programs in the nation that airs a daily, student-produced television newscast.
In addition, The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication offers an acclaimed graduate studies program. Our master’s program is designed for those intending to pursue communication-related careers or who wish to prepare for doctoral study, while our doctoral program is designed to develop cutting-edge researchers and effective teachers.