University of Nevada, Reno


Our intensive, 18-month program develops the journalist of the future to practice quality journalism, use diverse tools and adapt and apply this knowledge in new ways and environments.

Our cohort-based program is built on a collaborative model that includes theoretical structure as well as practical training. Students complete eight required courses as well as three electives in an area of special interest.

First Semester

Graduate students register for three required courses. In the program’s foundational course, students analyze the democratic implications of journalism and its networked future. Students take an intensive reporting and writing class and an intensive multimedia narrative course:

Journalism 720: The Future of Media, taught by Ben Birkinbine.
Journalism 607: Storytelling I: Writing, taught by the Kelly Scott, executive editor of the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Journalism 756: Storytelling II: Multimedia, taught by Annie Burns Promotion Manager for KTVN Channel 2 News in Reno.

Second Semester

This hands-on semester introduces the concepts and tools of participatory journalism (Engagement) with a focus on social media and interactive multimedia. Students study innovation and, as a cohort, build a new product.   Students take one or two electives in their area of specialization:

Journalism 755: Engagement taught by Asst. Professor Todd Felts
Journalism 703: Innovation taught by Reynolds Chair of Media Technology Larry Dailey

Summer Internship (150 hours)

Students apply the concepts and tools they have learned in the classroom while performing a professional internship.

Third Semester 

Students complete their final course in an area of specialization. For the final project, each student develops an innovative prototype that requires integration and application of the tools and theories of advanced interactive journalism.

Journalism 723: Media Entrepreneurship with Reynolds Chair in Media Entrepreneurship Mignon Fogarty
Journalism 796: Professional Project