Journalism

Degree Requirements

M.S. in Journalism (48 credits)

Required Courses

  • Graduate Seminar in Journalism (2 credits)
  • Journalism Toolkit (2 credits)
  • JO 525 Media Law and Ethics
  • JO 704 Online Journalism
  • JO 721 Journalism Principles/Techniques
  • JO 737 Internship
  • JO 955 Directed Study/Professional Project

Recommended Focus Areas (choose six courses)

Students are encouraged to cluster courses within one or more recommended focus areas. Throughout their careers journalists are called upon to tackle a number of issues and stories; as such, a cross-platform knowledge of the industry is essential.

Broadcast

  • JO 502 The Art of the Interview
  • JO 519 Narrative Radio
  • JO 707 Broadcast Writing/Reporting
  • JO 711 Video Journalism
  • JO 712 Online Radio Newsroom
  • JO 733 Enterprise Reporting/TV
  • JO 734 TV Newsroom

Business and Economics

  • JO 501 Business and Economics Reporting
  • JO 502 Economics Reporting
  • JO 503 Journalism Research
  • JO 535 Investigative Reporting
  • Courses in School of Management (with adviser approval)

Digital Lab

  • Press Play
  • Computational Journalism
  • JO 515 Multimedia for Photojournalists
  • JO 550 Advanced Online Journalism
  • JO 712 Online Radio Newsroom

International Reporting

  • JO 516 Foreign Reporting
  • JO 545 Reporting Military Affairs
  • JO 708 Foreign Correspondence
  • CM 831 International Communication
  • Crisis Reporting Fellowship and courses in International Relations are recommended

Magazines

  • JO 703 Magazine Writing
  • JO 500 Media Criticism
  • JO 504 Arts Criticism
  • JO 512 Editorial Design
  • JO 520 Advanced Editorial Design
  • JO 533 The Essay
  • JO 542 The Literature of Journalism
  • JO 718 Magazine Workshop
  • JO 719 Feature Writing

Narrative

  • JO 502 Narrative Theory and Practice
  • JO 519 Narrative Radio
  • JO 527 Narrative Nonfiction
  • JO 542 The Literature of Journalism
  • JO 703 Magazine Writing
  • JO 708 Foreign Correspondence
  • JO 719 Feature Writing

News

  • JO 502 The Art of the Interview
  • JO 503 Journalism Research
  • JO 508 Electronic Copyediting
  • JO 511 Covering Government and Politics
  • JO 534 Broadcast for Non-Majors
  • JO 535 Investigative Reporting
  • JO 542 The Literature of Journalism
  • JO 719 Feature Writing

Photojournalism

  • JO 513 Advanced Photojournalism
  • JO 522 Professional Photo Portfolio
  • JO 515 Multimedia for Photojournalists
  • JO 537 Advanced Digital Photography

Public Policy

  • JO 511 Covering Government and Politics
  • JO 523 The Presidency and the Media
  • JO 535 Investigative Reporting
  • JO 545 Reporting Military Affairs
  • JO 546 State House Program
  • The Washington, DC Program and Political Science electives are recommended

Sports

  • JO 502 The Art of the Interview
  • JO 514 Sports Journalism
  • JO 532 Sports Journalism Seminar
  • CM 536 Sports Communication
  • JO 524 Sports Broadcast
  • JO 719 Feature Writing
  • Courses in Sports Management and Law may be taken (with adviser approval)

Existing Curriculum: For Current Students

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Photojournalism
  • Journalism
  • Business and Economics Journalism