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The Five-Year BJ/MA Photojournalism model instructs students in still and moving images and audio, while augmenting their understanding of the history, theory and skills of photojournalism and principles and practice of visual editing. It assumes some class experience in Broadcast, Convergence, Documentary or Photojournalism. Students learn to create, edit and present compelling visual story-telling projects in a variety of mediums, including print, online, social media and apps. The program’s essential element remains understanding the power of image, while embracing all technologies in presentation. Students will be prepared for careers as photojournalists.


  • JOURN 7556 Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7558 Advanced Techniques in Photojournalism (3 Credits)

Program Core: 6 Credits

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

Photojournalism Core: 9 Credits

  • JOURN 7560 Staff Photojournalism (3 Credits)**
  • JOURN 7980 Picture Story and Photographic Essay (3 Credits)*
  • JOURN 8092 Photography in Society (3 Credits)*

Electives: 5 Credits

Suggested Courses:

  • JOURN 7554 Visual Editing for Multimedia** (3 Credits. Strongly suggested.)
  • JOURN 7562 Business Practices in Photojournalism (2 Credits. Strongly suggested.)*
  • JOURN 7564 Micro-Documentary Photojournalism. (3 Credits. Strongly suggested.)**
  • JOURN 7972 Photo and Visual Editing (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7450 Newspaper Reporting (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7500 Publication Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7502 Multimedia Planning and Design (3 Credits)
  • JOURN 7566 Electronic Photojournalism (3 Credits)**
  • JOURN 7568 History of Photojournalism (3 Credits)**
  • JOURN 7730 Journalism and Conflict (3 Credits)

Capstone Level: 10 Credits

Professional Project

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



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

Total Suggested for Graduation: 30 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. Please plan accordingly; check with your graduate adviser.

*Not all courses will be offered every semester.
**Some courses specify prerequisite courses or instructor’s consent.
Plan accordingly by checking with your graduate adviser and the Registrar’s Schedule of Courses Online for current course availability.