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Documentary Journalism Two-Year MA Model

The documentary journalism model educates students in the theory and skills of long-form storytelling through documentary methods.

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)

Documentary Journalism Core: 11-14 Credits

  • JOURN 7802 Fundamentals of Radio, TV and Photo-J or professional experience
  • JOURN 7371 Documentary Theory (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7372 Documentary Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7373 Documentary Development (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7375 Documentary Business and the Public Sphere (2 Credits)

Electives: 7-10 Credits

Suggested Courses:

  • JOURN 7148 Interviewing Essentials (1 Credit)
  • JOURN 7150 Using Infographics (1 Credit)
  • JOURN 7430 Computer-Assisted Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7436 Investigative Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7462 Emerging Technologies in Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7568 History of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7658 International Journalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7716 Women and the Media (2 Credits)
  • JOURN 7738 Thought, Language and Journalism (1 or 3 Credits)

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: 40 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.