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A Two-Year MA Model

This model is intended to prepare students to do investigative reporting or computer-assisted reporting in any medium. This model requires either prior journalism experience or completion of an introductory reporting class:

  • JOURN 7450 Newspaper Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7308 Broadcast News III (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7804 Convergence Reporting (3 Credits)

Program Core: 9 Credits

  • JOURN 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8006 Quantitative Research Methods in Journalism (3 Credits) or
    JOURN 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

One of the following four courses:

  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communication Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)

Investigative Reporting Core: 18 Credits

  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 8046 Controls of Information (3 Credits)
  • One Geographic Information System (GIS) course from the following; note that some of these courses may require prerequisites:
    • PUB AF 8320 Spatial Analysis for Public Affairs (3 Credits)
    • NAT R 7325 Introduction to GIS (3 Credits)
    • GEOG 7840 Geographic Information Systems I (3 Credits)
  • One statistics course from the following; note that some of these courses may require prerequisites:
    • ESC PS 7170 Introduction to Educational Statistics (3 Credits)
    • SOCIOL 7120 Social Statistics (3 Credits)
    • SOC WK 7310 Social Statistics (3 Credits)
  • One of the following:
    • JOURN 7410 Intermediate Writing (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 7460 Advanced Reporting (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 7320 Advanced Broadcast Reporting (3 Credits)
    • JOURN 7806 Convergence Editing and Producing (3 Credits)

Capstone Level: 10 Credits

Professional Project

  • JOURN 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and
    JOURN 8190 Area Problem in Journalism (9 Credits)

Note: Because this model is designed for students who intend to pursue a professional career in reporting, the option for a thesis has been deleted.

Total Suggested for Graduation: 37 Credits