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This model is intended to teach students how to gather, analyze and visualize data to tell compelling stories.This model requires either prior journalism experience or completion of an introductory reporting class.

Program Core (9-12 Credits)

  • 0900 News Practicum (No Graduate Credit)
  • 8000 Mass Media Seminar (3 Credits)
  • 8006 Quantitative Research Methods or 8008 Qualitative Research Methods (3 Credits)

    One of the following courses:

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

Data Journalism Core (12-15 Credits)

  • 7450 Reporting or 7804 Convergence Reporting or 7306 Broadcast II (3 Credits) or prior professional news reporting experience.
  • 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits)
  • 7432 Advanced Data Journalism (3 Credits)
  • 7502 Multimedia Planning and Design (3 Credits)

    One of the following courses:

    • 7508 Information Graphics (3 Credits)
    • 7440 Mapping for Stories and Graphics (2 Credits)
    • 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Students may choose journalism or non-journalism electives in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Capstone Level (10 Credits)

  • Professional Project: 8098 MA Project Seminar (1 Credit) and 8190 Area Problem (9 Credits)
  • Thesis: 8100 MA Thesis Seminar (1 Credit) and 8090 Research (9 Credits)

Total Suggested for Graduation (37-40 Credits)