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Journalism in Virginia

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Schools Offering Journalism Programs in Virginia

Around 0.1% of Virginia's graduates graduate from journalism degree programs every year. Thus, Virginia's 9 journalism schools put out approximately 228 journalists each year.

Top Schools

Washington and Lee University, which is located in Lexington, is the top-ranked school in Virginia that has a journalism program. It received a ranking of 16th in the country in 2010. 22 students graduated with a degree in journalism from Washington and Lee University in 2010. Students at Washington and Lee University paid $40,387 per year in tuition fees.

University of Richmond, which was ranked 22nd nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Virginia that has a journalism program. It is located in University Of Richmond. In 2010, 12 students graduated from University of Richmond journalism program. Tuition at University of Richmond was $41,610 per year.

The third-ranked school in Virginia that has a journalism program is Radford University. Radford University, which was ranked 69th in the country in 2010, is located in Radford. In 2010, 101 students graduated from Radford University journalism program. Radford University charged in-state students $7,694 in tuition fees per year.


Journalism schools in Virginia, charge students an average tuition of $18,514 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $41,610 per year, or as little as $2,616 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Virginia journalism schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. University of Richmond - located in University Of Richmond, students are charged $41,610 per year
  2. Washington and Lee University - located in Lexington, students are charged $40,387 per year
  3. Averett University - located in Danville, students are charged $22,956 per year

The following Virginia journalism schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Southwest Virginia Community College - located in Richlands, students are charged $2,616 per year
  2. Norfolk State University - located in Norfolk, students are charged $6,327 per year
  3. Radford University - located in Radford, students are charged $7,694 per year

A journalism degree from a Virginia school... what next?

Most people who graduate from journalism school in Virginia go on to work as a journalist. If you decide to work as a journalist in Virginia, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,080 Virginia journalists as of 2010. The Virginia counties with the largest populations of journalists are:

  1. Chesapeake County - 300 journalists
  2. Caroline County - 170 journalists
  3. Buchanan County - 30 journalists

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of journalists in Virginia will shrink by -3%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 1,270 journalists working in Virginia.


A journalist in Virginia earns $42,290 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Virginia journalists earned as little as less than $19,570 per year or as much as more than $75,380 per year. The following counties in Virginia have the highest average salaries for journalists:

  1. Caroline County - $48,970 per year
  2. Chesapeake County - $48,710 per year
  3. Albemarle County - $32,590 per year

A journalist in the following counties in Virginia make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Buchanan County - $25,080 per year
  2. Alleghany County - $27,850 per year
  3. Botetourt County - $31,200 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Virginia statistics regarding a career in journalism and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as communications or journalism.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in Virginia
  • Master's Degree in Journalism in Virginia

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Photographers 1,260 $43,390 -13.1%
Reporters and Correspondents 1,080 $42,290 9.1%
Broadcast News Analysts 270 $81,540 -22.9%

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