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A Two-Year MA Model

This model is for students who want to focus on editing magazines, from small newsletters to consumer magazines. The model is designed to provide the skills, theoretical framework and decision-making/management techniques important to a successful editor. The model provides the necessary insights into writing and design but focuses on both micro and macro issues of editing contemporary magazines. Students have the opportunity for hands-on work at a variety of magazines, including Vox, a weekly city magazine, and the Global Journalist.

Program Core: 9 Credits

  • JOURN 0900 News Practicum (3 Credits) This course does not count toward the degree.
  • 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)

Magazine Editing Core: 12 Credits

  • JOURN 7408 Magazine Editing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7450 Newspaper Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7506 Magazine Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7984 Magazine Staff (3 Credits)

Electives: 6 Credits

Suggested Courses:

  • JOURN 7410 Intermediate Writing (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7416 Science, Health and Environmental Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7418 Critical Reviewing (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7420 Editorial Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits) Highly recommended.
  • JOURN 7460 Advanced Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7500 Advanced Newspaper Editing and Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7508 Information Graphics (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7566 Electronic Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7568 History of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7700 Online Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7738 General Semantics in Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7986 Advanced Writing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7988 Advanced Magazine Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7994 Magazine Publishing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8026 Philosophy of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8028 Literature of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8030 History of Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8038 Seminar in Communication Law (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8036 Seminar in History and Principles of Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8080 Media Ethics (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8086 Critical Analysis of the Mass Media (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8092 Photography in Society (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 8106 The Magazine, Then and Now (3 Credits) Highly recommended.

Capstone Level: 10 Credits

Professional Project

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

Thesis

  • JOURN 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and
    JOURN 8090 Research in Journalism (9 Credits)

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.