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An Innovative Approach to Journalism Non-fiction writing—yes, writing in the age of viral videos—is one of the most fertile areas of entrepreneurial activity in contemporary news media. Who knew? Start-ups such as fivethirtyeight.com, Vox Media, The Verge, BuzzFeed, Gawker and Pando Daily are all pursuing creative approaches that are expertly fit for posting. And we are, too.

The master of science in journalism program prepares students from all academic and professional backgrounds for careers in broadcast/multimedia news and in traditional and emerging media companies that focus on long form writing, reporting and analysis. 

The fully online writing track prepares students to use reason, observation, documents and analysis of data, among other things, to forge a concisely written, compelling story that illuminates a subject and enhances the understanding of today's complex societies and cultures. Through a combination of workshop-oriented assignments and robust online discussions, students learn how to report and write for news and long-form journalism websites, magazines, apps, documentary films, and emerging media companies that seek fresh ideas and creative approaches to current events.

Students who successfully complete the writing track are prepared to pursue abundant career opportunities, including:

  • reporter and editor for news websites, magazines and apps
  • long-form writer of non-fiction narratives
  • writer for documentary films
  • opinion writer and advocacy journalist
  • content specialist and editor for multimedia news

The program provides training in the principles, tools, craft, history and ethics of contemporary journalism in the context of innovative approaches to reporting and presenting information via social media and other forms. Our goal is simple: promote knowledge, creativity and skill in service to a career described by television producer Matt Weiner as one that "smacks of adventure and intellect."

Previous journalism experience is not required.

The program is also available in a broadcast/multimedia track offered on campus for students who want to pursue careers in television, radio and online news media with an emphasis on visual and online reporting. Interested students should apply for the track through Graduate Admissions.

Start Dates: Fall (late August), Spring (late January)