Professional Project

Professional Project

The purpose of a professional project is to develop and demonstrate professional competence. A professional project is pursued under the close supervision of a faculty member or other professional journalist with relevant expertise.

The Professional Project plan will not prepare you for a doctoral program. If you are considering doctoral work, you should discuss the option of a thesis with your adviser.

If you choose to do a professional project, you will spend at least 30 hours per week for a minimum of 14 weeks engaged in professional-level journalism. The work you do will be intended for public dissemination. The quality of your work will be assessed by both your on-site supervisor and your project committee. (Note that there is value in time elapsed in a project. Thus multiplying 30 hours by 14 weeks, for a total of 420 hours, and then shrinking the overall time span of the project so that such a minimum number of hours is met, is not acceptable.)

Established Programs

The school offers two established programs as one option for carrying out a professional project. [More]

Individual Projects

An individual project allows development of professional skills that cannot be accommodated as well through an established program. [More]


Generally, you will do your professional project in your final semester. [More]

Project Seminar

During the semester before you plan to undertake your professional project, you must enroll in JOURN 8098 Project Seminar. [More]

Project Committee

One requirement of the project seminar is that you select a minimum of three faculty members to serve as your project committee. [More]

Professional Project

A professional project has two parts: the professional skills component and the analysis component. [More]

Project Approval

Professional project students must enroll in JOURN 8098 Project Seminar the semester before the semester in which the project is to be completed. [More]

Professional Project Proposal

A professional project requires a detailed, written proposal that must be approved by both your project committee and the project seminar instructor before the project is begun. [More]

On-site Supervisor Agreement

If a professional project is to be supervised by an on-site supervisor who is not a member of the school’s faculty, a written agreement must be signed. [More]

Payment to Students

Professional project students may receive payment for project work. [More]

Oral Defense

Project Report

The project report is the evidence that shows your committee what you have done. [More]