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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

 

Note: The university requires at least half of a graduate student’s coursework to be in 8000-level (or greater) courses. 4000-level (and below) courses do not carry graduate credit. Some courses will not be offered every semester. Plan accordingly by checking with your graduate adviser and the registrar’s schedule of courses for current course availability.