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Curriculum

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 organized within four different tracks of study:

  • Strategic Communications
  • Media Entrepreneurship
  • News Innovation
  • Media Studies

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 707: 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
Electives

Summer Practicum (150 hours)

Journalism 695: Students apply the concepts and tools they have learned in the classroom while performing a professional internship. Information about the practicum, both for students and for employers, may be found here.

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

 

Suggested Electives for Strategic Communication Track (choose three)

JOUR 432/632 – Creative Solutions for Strategic Communications

JOUR 442/642 – Advanced Strategic Communications

JOUR 443/643 – Campaigns Studio

JOUR 652 – Web Design for Media Professionals

JOUR 680 – Communicating Innovation

JOUR 6XX – Health Communication (proposed course)

BADM 726 – Personal Branding

COM 604 – Principles of Persuasion

COM 700 – Research Methods

 

Suggested Electives for Media Studies Track (choose three)

JOUR 681 – Race, Gender and Media

JOUR 601 – First Amendment & Society

JOUR 646 – Crisis Communication

JOUR 652 – Web Design for Media Professionals

COM 612 – Intercultural Communication

COM 664 – Communication and Leadership

COM 700 – Research Methods

COM 740 – Public Communication

 

Suggested Electives for News Innovation Track (choose three)

JOUR 601 – First Amendment & Society

JOUR 613 – History Of Journalism

JOUR 618 – Magazine Writing

JOUR 621 – Video/Audio Field Reporting

JOUR 625 – Audio: Radio, Podcasting, and Beyond

JOUR 652 – Web Design for Media Professionals

JOUR 660 – News Studio

COM 700 – Research Methods

 

Suggested Electives for Media Entrepreneurship Track (choose three)

JOUR 652 – Web Design for Media Professionals

BADM 726 – Personal Branding

COM 604 – Principles of Persuasion

COM 664 – Communication and Leadership

COM 700 – Research Methods