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Graduate Degree in Broadcast Journalism

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The Master of Science Program in Broadcast Journalism is designed to produce highly trained professionals for careers in the fast-changing world of reporting in the digital age. The three-semester curriculum offers training in new and traditional media platforms while continuing to stress the importance of ethics, content, accuracy and solid reporting, writing and multimedia skills for television, radio and Internet news sites. Graduates go on to become reporters, producers, editors, writers and news executives at the top television, cable and radio networks and stations and Internet sites.

Students learn on the latest digital equipment with the equipment and facilities found in major news organizations. Because Boston is the nation’s fifth-largest media market, students also have many opportunities to intern at local, network and cable stations, as well as the regional New England Cable News channel, and websites such as Neighborhood Network News, Boston’s cable news channel, operates from Boston University and provides on-air, writing and production internships for students. WTBU is a student-operated radio station at Boston University broadcast over the Internet. Also providing real-world experience is WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio station, licensed to Boston University. Students also intern at WGBH’s new all-news radio station and work on television documentary programs such as Frontline and Nova. Faculty members at COM currently are or have been top broadcast journalists with excellent ties to the industry.

AP honors WTBU student reporters

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In April 2012, reporters Erin Kelly (’10), Danit Kaya (SPH ’11), Anna Branwen Knapp (SPH ’07) and Shweta Krishnan (’11) won best documentary in a college radio competition sponsored by the Associated Press of New England for “Life Without Parole: Juvenile Justice?” The program probes a difficult subject: whether it’s fair to sentence juvenile homicide convicts to a life sentence. Hillary Hoffman (’11) and Annemarie Singh (’11) also contributed stories and Jackson Tobin (’12) helped with post-production. Prof. Anne Donohue supervised the group.


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