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: Journalism and Democracy, taught by Dr. David Ryfe
Journalism 607: Journalistic Writing, taught by the Leonard Ethics chair, Caesar Andrews
Journalism 756: Interactive Narrative, taught by Professor Howard Goldbaum

Second Semester

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

Journalism 755: Participatory Journalism taught by Asst. Professor Todd Felts
Journalism 703: Innovative Journalism taught by Professor Larry Dailey
Electives

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: Interactive Publishing with Dr. Donica Mensing
Journalism 791: Entrepreneurial Journalism taught by Distinguished Visiting Faculty
Journalism 796: Professional Project