The School of Journalism at Fudan University, originally known as the Department of Journalism, was established in September 1929. It is China's oldest institution for journalism and communication education, earning the reputation of Fudan Journalism School, Home to Journalists Worldwide. Over the course of more than 90 years, the School of Journalism at Fudan University, guided by the motto Study Hard and Practice Hard, has remained rooted in the local Chinese context while embracing an international perspective.


The School of Journalism cultivated tens of thousands of talented professionals in the field of journalism and communication, produced hundreds of media industry leaders, and nurtured nearly a thousand academic leaders, including dozens of deans, for the academic community.


 Journalism education at Fudan commenced in 1924. In 1929, Mr. Xie Liuyi, one of the pioneers in modern journalism education in China, became the first head of the Department of Journalism at Fudan University. In 1941, Mr. Chen Wangdao, the first translator of The Communist Manifesto into Chinese, took on the role of the third head of the Department of Journalism at Fudan University. He also inscribed the motto Study Hard and Practice Hard.  In 1988, with the approval of the Ministry of Education, the Department of Journalism was expanded into the School of Journalism.


Talent cultivation with a comprehensive structure

The School of Journalism consists of four departments: Journalism, Broadcasting and Television, Advertising, and Communication, with a complete talent cultivation system covering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral programs. The School offers 7 academic master's degree programs (3 years): Journalism, Communication, Media Management, Advertising, Broadcasting and Television, International Journalism and Communication, and Journalism (dual degree with the University of Missouri, US); 5 professional master's degree programs (2 years): Journalism and Communication, Financial Journalism, New Media Communication, Strategic Communication, and Global Media and Communications (dual degree with The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and Sciences Po, France). In addition, the School provides 3 PhD programs (4 years): Journalism, Communication, and Broadcasting and Television. The School also houses the first postdoctoral program for journalism and communication in China. Currently, the School of Journalism has an enrollment of over 1,400 students, including more than 780 undergraduates, 480 graduate students, and 160 doctoral candidates. It also includes more than 360 international students.


A faculty of top scholars

The School of Journalism has a full- time faculty of 96 members, including 34 professors (32 PhD supervisors), 23 associate professors, 9 lecturers, and 30 administrative staff. The School has had two conveners of the Qualification Assessment for Journalism and Communication Studies of the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council, three members of the Teaching Advisory Board for Journalism in Higher Education Institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Education, seven recipients of national talent programs, and five recipients of national young talent programs. The School also appointed a group of highly knowledgeable and experienced professionals and scholars as adjunct professors and research fellows, and over 50 industry professionals as industry mentors for professional master's program students.


Leading innovation in academic research

The School of Journalism at Fudan University has a strong tradition in journalism and communication research. In 2001, Communication Studies (a second- level discipline) received recognition as a national key discipline, and in 2007, Journalism and Communication Studies (a first- level discipline) received the same recognition. These two disciplines were then included in Shanghai’s Leading Academic Discipline Project in 2015. The School has played a leading role in various research areas related to journalism theory, journalism history, communication theory, urban communication, and new media communication. It has produced pioneering academic achievements with widespread international influence. The School has a number of national research centers and institutes such as the National Key Research Center for Journalism Textbooks, the Center for Information and Communication Studies of Fudan University affiliated with the Ministry of Education, the Fudan University National Center for Cultural Innovation Research affiliated with the Ministry of Culture, the Institute for Global Communications and Integrated Media of Fudan University, and the National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center. The School’s academic journal Journalism Research, established in 1981, is one of the earliest academic publications in the field of journalism and communication studies in China. It also consistently ranks among the top journals in national academic journal assessments.


Rooted in China, aspiring to the world

The School of Journalism at Fudan University has consistently prioritized international exchange and cooperation, striving to nurture top-notch innovative talents with a global perspective. The School has established numerous student and academic exchange programs, along with collaborative research partnerships, with nearly 40 top universities and research institutions in various countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, Japan, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. It also has double-degree programs with world leading media and communication institutions such as the University of Missouri in the United States, the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom, Sciences Po in France, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney in Australia, and Waseda University in Japan. The School also offers the Silk Road China Government Scholarship in collaboration with the International Cooperation and Exchange Department of the Ministry of Education, serving the demand for top talent development in the context of China's Belt and Road initiative.


The School of Journalism at Fudan University is located in the Yangpu District of Shanghai, adjacent to the bustling Wujiaochang commercial center. The campus has an area of 88 mu, with a library building, an office building, a teaching building, and a multifunctional building covering 14,000 square meters. The School has an extensive collection of library resources and state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.