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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 seven required courses as well as choosing four electives, organized within four different tracks of study:

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

Program Timeline

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 either a full-time faculty member or a practicing media professional.
  • Journalism 756: Storytelling II: Multimedia, taught by Kari Barber, an award-winner documentary filmmaker.

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 703: Innovation taught by Todd Felts.
  • Journalism 755: Engagement taught by Gi Woong Yun.
  • Electives

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.

Students complete their final semester 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 and media innovation.

  • Journalism 796: Professional Project
  • Electives

Suggested Courses

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • JOUR 723 – Media Entrepreneurship
  • COM 700 – Research Methods
  • JOUR 652 – Web Design for Media Professionals
  • JOUR 723 – Media Entrepreneurship
  • BADM 726 – Personal Branding
  • COM 604 – Principles of Persuasion
  • COM 664 – Communication and Leadership
  • COM 700 – Research Methods
HowardGoldbaum

Goldbaum, Howard

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Office Location: RSJ 303E Office Phone Number: (775) 784-4434 Howard Goldbaum has been a member of The Reynolds School faculty since 2003. He is currently serving as the Director of the Reynolds School Graduate Program. Howard enjoys the burgeoning sense of communications enrichment that students undergo when they understand that they’ve acquired fluency in a […]