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Journalism, MA

Becoming a journalist begins with learning the fundamentals of good storytelling: training in the art of clear and concise writing, interviewing, identifying and cultivating characters and sources, and honing investigative skills to create journalism with impact.

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The School of Journalism offers two pathways – Professional and Media Innovation – in a Master of Arts degree that seeks to prepare students for the challenges faced by legacy and new media in the digital age. Students new to the field or those with experience can choose programs tailored to help them thrive during this time.

Our programs merge traditional journalism with the latest information technology. Our Professional track is designed for those with little or no journalism experience who want to pursue a career in journalism. Our Media Innovation track is designed for students with previous journalism experience who want to learn digital and multimedia skills. In small, nurturing classes, students go from introductory journalism courses to advanced classes in topics like investigative journalism, data journalism, and magazine writing.

Students have an opportunity to work in newsrooms in Boston or across the country as part of their degree through Northeastern’s acclaimed Cooperative Education (co-op) program. The Professional track curriculum combines courses in the fundamentals of news and feature writing with courses in digital skills, such as video and data. Students who pursue the Professional track come to the program from a variety of backgrounds. Some have no previous journalism experience; others have some background but want to improve their skills and take their careers to the next level.

Our students study with award-winning faculty who have come to Northeastern with years of experience reporting in the field. With their guidance, students are encouraged to publish their work at local and national news outlets.

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Interests of Journalism, MA Students

  • blogging
  • data journalism
  • data visualization
  • design
  • digital media
  • entrepreneurship
  • game design
  • investigative
  • media advocacy
  • media innovation
  • news app design
  • public relations
  • reporting
  • social media
  • strategic advocacy
  • technology
  • video production
  • writing

Co-op Opportunities

  • Boston Globe
    Boston, MA
  • WGBH
    Boston, MA
  • CBS Television
    52nd Street New York, NY
  • NBC Universal Television
    New York, NY
  • Boston.com
    Boston, MA
  • Boston Bruins
    Boston, MA
  • New Balance
    Boston, MA
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Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • writing
    • reporting
    • research and analysis
    • critical thinking
    • visual storytelling
    • social media
    • interviewing skills
    • digital skills
    • shooting and editing
    • production skills
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Reporter
    • Public Relations
    • Newsletter and Social Media Editor
    • Audience Engagement Editor
    • Lawyer
    • Documentay Filmmaker
    • Web Producer

Journalism, MA Requirements

THE MASTER’S DEGREE IN JOURNALISM REQUIRES NINE COURSES AND 36 CREDITS CONSISTING OF FOUR REQUIRED COURSES AND FIVE ELECTIVES. STUDENTS CAN COMPLETE THE DEGREE IN AS LITTLE AS THREE SEMESTERS. THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN CO-OP WILL TAKE LONGER TO COMPLETE THEIR PROGRAM.

Tracks

Complete one of the following two tracks:

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar’s website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Program Coordinators:

Aleszu Bajak

Academic Advisor, Graduate Programs Manager, Part-Time Lecturer

a.bajak@northeastern.edu
617-373-7447

Department Chair:

Jonathan Kaufman

Professor, School Director

j.kaufman@northeastern.edu
617-373-3238

Administrators:

Cathy Bright

Graduate Enrollment Manager

c.bright@northeastern.edu
617-373-2566

Co-op Advisors:

Michelle Hagopian

Co-op Coordinator

m.hagopian@northeastern.edu
617-373-6908

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