Graduate Admission

Journalism Fall 2014 Registration Information

I’m pleased to welcome you to Emerson’s Department of Journalism and its up-to-date and exciting graduate curriculum!

You will be joining us from at least five other countries and from across the U.S. Many of you have been out of school for one to four years, while others are coming here straight after receiving their bachelor's degree. Some of you are entering a field that's new to you, although others have worked in related areas.

Your undergraduate degrees range from communication to meteorology. Your interests vary as well. But, in keeping with the department’s emphasis on what we like to call “journalism in the public’s interest,” a fair number of you have done public service and volunteer work along the way.

During your time here, you will get to know intimately the city that surrounds Emerson, and track down compelling stories and people to help you tell those stories. We have a strong commitment to hands-on, experiential learning, and will help you build a professional, multimedia portfolio before you graduate.

Each of our courses counts 4 credits and demands about 15 hours of work a week, so plan accordingly. Most students enrolled full-time take three courses (12 credits) every fall and spring semester. This will allow you to graduate in four semesters (two academic years). It is, however, possible to enroll in two courses for 8 credits and still be considered full-time and eligible for a loan package and aid awards (although the latter have already been assigned). If you opt to take 8 credits, be aware that our summer offerings are very limited, and many required classes are held only once every year.

Those of you taking 12 credits should enroll in these three courses this fall:

  • JR602/Critical Perspectives
  • JR607/Reporting and Writing
  • JR609/Visual Storytelling

If you opt to take only 8 credits, you should take both JR607 and JR609, which are closely coordinated skills-based courses. Be aware that JR602 is only offered every fall and not in the spring or summer semesters.

Here is the Fall 2014 schedule for the three classes:

  •  JR602/Critical Perspectives:

Prof. Manny Paraschos. 4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Monday and Wednesday. 120 Boylston St., Room 518.

All students enrolling in three classes should register for JR602.

  • JR607/Reporting and Writing:

-Section 1: Prof. Mark Leccese. 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., Monday and Wednesday. 120 Boylston St., Room 638

-Section 2: Prof. Douglas Struck. 10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., Monday and  Wednesday. 120 Boylston St., Room 418.

  • JR609/Visual Storytelling:

-Section 1: Prof. Janet Kolodzy. 12:00 p.m. -1:45 p.m. 120 Boylston St. Room 638.

-Section 2: 12:00: - 1:45 p.m., Monday and Wednesday. 120 Boylston St., Room 418. (Professor to be announced)

Please make your course selections and send them to me at the email address below. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the program. I look forward to seeing you at fall orientation. Have a great summer!

Prof. Melinda B. Robins
Journalism Graduate Program Director

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