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.
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.View University Course Catalog