Journalism

Journalism, MA

The School of Journalism offers two pathways in a Master of Arts degree that prepares students to excel in both new and legacy media. Both the Professional and the Media Innovation track merge a solid grounding in the fundamentals of journalism with training in cutting-edge digital storytelling tools and techniques. A top-50 research university in a diverse, dynamic city, Northeastern offers a distinctive blend of intellectual rigor and experiential education, most notably through our renowned cooperative education, or “co-op,” program, which draws students from around the world.

The Media Innovation track is designed for students who want to acquire digital and multimedia skills. This innovative program empowers journalists to help write the future of media by focusing on creative and interdisciplinary approaches to the news. We provide both seasoned and new journalists extensive training in digital tools and techniques such as video production, podcasting, data visualization, augmented and virtual reality, and front-end web design. The Media Innovation track utilizes the collaborative, project-based workflow increasingly common in cutting-edge newsrooms. 

 

A unique series of two studio classes act as the capstone for the degree. In the first, students work in multi-disciplinary teams to write, edit, create video, audio and data visualizations for a multi-part project. In the second, students dive deep into a longform multimedia project of their choosing. Recent topics have ranged from climate change to investigating police misconduct to covering movements for social and economic and racial justice.

 

The Professional track is designed for students with little or no journalism experience who want to pursue a career in the news media. Building on their life and work experience, the Professional track combines courses in the fundamentals of news and feature writing with a grounding in digital skills. Students who pursue the Professional track come to the program from a variety of backgrounds. In small, nurturing classes, students begin introductory journalism courses and move on to advanced courses in investigative journalism, digital fundamentals and magazine writing.

 

Based in Boston, with its vibrant media and technology scene, the MA in Journalism program offers students the opportunity to gain real world experience in newsrooms in the city and across the country through Northeastern’s Cooperative Education, or co-op, program. Our students study with award-winning faculty who have come to Northeastern with years of experience. With their guidance, students regularly publish their work with local and national news outlets. They also take advantage of  opportunities to collaborate with our faculty  on cutting-edge research that has real world impact.

 

The Northeastern School of Journalism has several Pulitzer Prize winners on its faculty, and teachers are committed to mentoring, providing individual attention, and tailoring learning to your needs. Our programs are small and intensive, with a strong sense of community and frequent student-faculty interaction. In addition to giving you journalism skills, we aim to give you the knowledge to thrive in the workplace across the digital economy.

 

The MA in Journalism consists of 36 credit hours. The program can typically be completed in three or four semesters.

 

Competitive scholarships, paid research assistantships and paid reporting opportunities are available for eligible students. Students produce in-house publications like The Scope, which covers social justice movements in Boston, and Storybench a digital storytelling site covering the future of journalism widely read within the industry and Global Observer, offering news coverage through the lens of the international student experience. Students also collaborate with faculty through the Co-Laboratory for Data Impact, and gain foreign correspondence experience on reporting trips to countries like Cuba, Panama and Greece.

 

We have trained many students in many skill and knowledge areas, including in data reporting and visualization, web development, podcasting, analytics, and experimental video including augmented and virtual reality. In the last few years students have interned at The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, The Boston Globe, The Marshall Project, PBS’s NOVA, WGBH’s Frontline, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting, WBUR’s Innovation Hub, NPR’s On Point, WGBH’s Basic Black and The Bay State Banner. Our students have also written for The New York Times, Roll Call, Washington Post, WGBH News, Undark Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Smithsonian Magazine and InsideClimate News.

 

Alumni have gone on to jobs at places such as National Public Radio, The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Texas Tribune, VTDigger, Arizona Republic, Business Insider, Indianapolis Star, CBS Interactive and NJ.com. They have also successfully leveraged the broad learning offered within the degree to go into nonprofit communications, digital marketing, and product development.

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Co-op Opportunities

Boston Globe

Boston, MA

WGBH

Boston, MA

New Balance

Boston, MA

CBS Television

52nd Street New York, NY

NBC Universal Television

New York, NY

Boston Bruins

Boston, MA

Boston.com

Boston, MA

Career Opportunities

Reporter

Public Relations

Newsletter and Social Media Editor

Lawyer

Audience Engagement Editor

Documentary Filmmaker

Web Producer

Multidisciplinary Skills

writing

reporting

research and analysis

critical thinking

visual storytelling

social media

interviewing skills

digital skills

shooting and editing

production skills

Alumni

Journalism Graduate Zach Ben-Amots Helps Share the Stories of Underserved Communities At Chicago’s WLS-TV

Zach Ben-Amots, who recently graduated from Northeastern’s Master of Arts (MA) in Journalism program, is now in Chicago working as a digital video producer at WLS-TV ABC 7. In his role, Zach is a “one-man-band,” producing important stories that feature […]

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Bestselling Author Karen M. McManus, Northeastern Alumna, Writes Young Adult Fiction Hits & Collaborates with NBCUniversal on Book Adaptation

Karen M. McManus, who graduated from Northeastern University with a Master of Arts in Journalism, is the New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and, coming in January, One of Us […]

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School of Journalism Alumna Yan Wu Wins Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Award for Data Visualization

School of Journalism alumna Yan Wu has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) as a Sigma Delta Chi Award winner for her data visualization of New Jersey police officers who used force from 2012 through 2016. The […]

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Media Innovation Alumnus Felippe Rodrigues Uses Data To Dig Deeper into Stories

Felippe Rodrigues has come a long way from his time as a law school student in Brazil. In 2018, Felippe graduated from Northeastern’s School of Journalism with a Master of Arts in Journalism, Media Innovation. Now, Felippe is using his […]

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