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Program Requirements for 2011-12 and 2012-13 Students

Students are expected to enter the program with a firm grasp of written and spoken English.

The MA degree in Journalism requires the completion of 44 credit hours, including a 4-credit culminating course or 4 credit hours for the master’s project or master’s thesis.

Core Requirements*

JR 600 Writing and Reporting Across the News Media
JR 601 News and Society
JR 604 Journalism Law and Ethics
JR 606 News Communication Theory and Research Methods

*Students with an undergraduate degree in Journalism may be eligible to waive JR 600 or JR 604 and substitute an elective course(s) if they completed equivalent undergraduate courses within the last five years with a grade of B or better. For more information, contact the graduate program director in Journalism.

Key Competencies (8 credits)

Print and Multimedia Journalism

JR 610 Advanced Print and Multimedia Reporting

One course from the following:

JR 608 Interactive News
JR 640 News Editing and Page Design

Broadcast Journalism

JR 611 Television News Producing
JR 613 Electronic News Gathering/Reporting

Electives (12 credits)

You may select a mix of elective courses from the following areas (In some classes, assignments may be prepared for more than one medium):

Conceptual Electives

JR 555 Reporting Issues of Cultural Diversity
JR 570 Global Journalism
JR 571 Newsroom Management
JR 574 The Press and Propaganda
JR 694 Journalism Topics

Cross-Media Electives

(Prerequisite: JR 600)

JR 595 Multimedia Journalism Practicum
JR 608 Interactive News
JR 610 Advanced Print and Multimedia Reporting
JR 611 Television News Producing
JR 613 Electronic News Gathering/Reporting
JR 640 News Editing and Page Design
JR 660 Feature Writing
JR 664 Specialized Reporting
JR 690 Internship
JR 695 Directed Project

Electives

(Note prerequisites before registering)

JR 561 Television News Magazine and Documentary
JR 562 The Magazine
JR 585 Journalism Topics
JR 590 Online Publishing
JR 591 Broadcast Journalism Practicum
JR 592 Public Affairs Reporting

Courses from other departments may also be selected as electives with the approval of the graduate program director in Journalism.

Culminating Experience

JR 693 Cross-Media Journalism Capstone

Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in the portfolio-based capstone course, requiring the completion of a professional-quality body of work, as the culminating experience of their master’s program. A thesis or long-form project may be substituted for this course with approval of the graduate program director.