Are you looking for a job in the new communications environment? Do you want to understand the changes in media that are transforming our world? Then consider a master’s in journalism from the Reynolds School. We have designed a graduate program to educate an emerging class of innovative professionals who work at the intersection of journalism, strategic communication and social media.

Our graduates go on to become social media managers, community connectors, business developers, entrepreneurial journalists, content strategists, multimedia journalists, reporters, writers and public relations professionals.

We offer a three-semester intensive graduate program for students who have a journalism/ communications background and want to hone their skills to become next-generation media communicators. For students without journalism experience, we offer classes to prepare you for work in our graduate program.

Our program looks to the future, based on these observations:

  • The evolution from mass media to networked media requires new practices and new skills that merge the enduring values of professional journalism with the emerging practices of networked communication.
  • Effective communicators are able to use digital technologies to engage participants, tell stories, analyze and visualize data and enable new forms of interactivity between citizens, journalists, media communicators and institutions.
  • Journalistic work now requires much more than an emphasis on producing stories: it requires empathy, participation, a sense of service and a keen appreciation for entrepreneurship and usefulness.

Students who complete this program will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of how journalism is changing
  • Master a range of interactive new media tools
  • Practice user centered design principles to develop new ways of doing journalism
  • Become proficient at social media and participatory communication
  • Gain valuable experience in thinking entrepreneurially about networked communication

Curriculum: The degree requires completing 33 credits of graduate credit, including developing, designing and implementing a professional project that addresses a community need of your choice within the parameters of the program. The program also requires a summer internship and nine graduate courses. Read more about our curriculum.

Faculty: At the Reynolds School you will find a dedicated faculty committed to creating journalism that matters. We have a small program so you will have individualized study and plenty of contact with faculty. You will work closely with a small cadre of students who provide support for each other. We encourage a collaborative and cooperative work environment.

Affordable Program: Tuition at the University of Nevada is more affordable than at many other schools in the country. In addition, we provide graduate assistantships on a competitive basis. Students with an assistantship work 10 to 15 hours per week, earn $700 to $1000 per month, have out-of-state tuition fees waived and reduced per-credit charges. More information about costs and graduate assistantships is available on the graduate school web page.

Excellent Facilities: You will work in a beautiful building in a lab specifically set aside for graduate students. Each student has access to a dedicated Mac computer during the program, with access to Mac Pro laptops, video cameras, still cameras and audio equipment available for check out during the program.

Rich outdoor environment: Our campus is close to some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. From the nearby Black Rock desert to the alpine meadows of the Sierra Nevada and the stunning shores of Lake Tahoe, we have an outdoor environment that encourages exploration and study.

For more information about the program, contact:

Howard Goldbaum, director of graduate studies