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Schools Offering Journalism Programs in Wisconsin

Approximately 0.3% of graduates in of Wisconsin receive journalism degrees every year. Thus, Wisconsin's 6 journalism schools put out approximately 424 journalists each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Wisconsin with a journalism program is University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is located in Madison. In 2010, it was ranked 12th nationwide. 215 students graduated with a degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Students at University of Wisconsin-Madison paid $8,983 per year in tuition fees.

Marquette University, which was ranked 25th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Wisconsin that has a journalism program. It is located in Milwaukee. In 2010, Marquette University graduated 35 students from its journalism program. The tuition rate at Marquette University was $30,462 per year.

The third-ranked school in Wisconsin that has a journalism program is University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which was ranked 35th in the country in 2010, is located in Whitewater. In 2010, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater graduated 73 students from its journalism programs. Students at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater paid $6,836 per year in tuition fees.


If you choose to attend a Wisconsin journalism school, average tuition will be $11,203 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $6,680 per year to $30,462 per year. In 2010, the journalism schools that charged the highest tuition rates in Wisconsin were:

  1. Marquette University - located in Milwaukee, students are charged $30,462 per year
  2. University of Wisconsin-Madison - located in Madison, students are charged $8,983 per year
  3. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - located in Eau Claire, students are charged $7,360 per year

The following Wisconsin journalism schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - located in Oshkosh, students are charged $6,680 per year
  2. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - located in Whitewater, students are charged $6,836 per year
  3. University of Wisconsin-River Falls - located in River Falls, students are charged $6,894 per year

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

Most people who graduate from journalism school in Wisconsin go on to work as a journalist. 860 journalists were working in Wisconsin in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of Wisconsin journalists:

  1. Milwaukee County - 270 journalists
  2. Columbia County - 170 journalists
  3. Barron County - 70 journalists

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of journalists in Wisconsin will shrink by -6%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 1,260 journalists working in Wisconsin.


A journalist in Wisconsin earns $32,520 per year on average. In 2010, however, some Wisconsin journalists earned as little as less than $15,960 per year or as much as more than $68,650 per year. The counties in Wisconsin with the highest average salary for a journalist are:

  1. Milwaukee County - $40,120 per year
  2. Brown County - $38,040 per year
  3. Dodge County - $29,060 per year

The following counties in Wisconsin have the lowest average salaries for journalists:

  1. Barron County - $25,020 per year
  2. Columbia County - $28,210 per year
  3. Adams County - $28,470 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin
  • Master's Degree in Journalism in Wisconsin

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Photographers 1,010 $34,200 -15.1%
Reporters and Correspondents 860 $32,520 -7.5%
Broadcast News Analysts 130 $77,900 -27.8%

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