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The MA in Journalism Program at DePaul prepares graduates for careers as multimedia news producers and visual storytellers in journalism's new digital landscape. Our graduates are now content producers at more than 400 sites in the webbed universe. Concentrations in: Multimedia Reporting; Reporting Metro Chicago; Sports Journalism; and Data Journalism helped establish their brands as socially responsible reporters, editors, and producers.
DePaul's program brings Chicago into the classroom and moves the classroom out into the third largest media market in the country. Internships and experiential learning opportunities enable students to develop the networks and e-portfolios that advance their careers. Our award-winning team of journalism professionals partners with students in producing first-rate news stories across platforms, aided by DePaul's downtown Media Center and Green Screen Studio.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||48|
Students will be able to:
- Understand the social responsibility of journalists to serve citizens with news worth knowing.
- Use digital story-telling techniques to be competitive in the new journalism marketplace.
- Experiment in how to best handle and present the news of the day.
The Master of Arts in Journalism requires 12 courses (48-credit hours) — three core courses, a minimum of six elective courses in Journalism, and a maximum of three outside electives.
Students are required to take all of the following:
|JOUR 501||THE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OF JOURNALISM||4|
|JOUR 502||NEWS NOW: JOURNALISM IN THE INFORMATION AGE||4|
|JOUR 503||REPORTING FOR CONVERGED NEWSROOMS||4|
|Select a minimum of six courses from the following list: 1||24|
|MULTIMEDIA NEWS PRODUCTION (formerly Backpack Reporting)|
|TELEVISION NEWS REPORTING|
|JOURNALISM LAW AND ETHICS|
|ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT REPORTING|
|BUSINESS WRITING AND REPORTING|
|OPINION AND COLUMN WRITING|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM|
|EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN JOURNALISM|
|WRITING AND REPORTING|
|MULTI-PLATFORM NEWS EDITING|
|ONLINE SPORTS REPORTING|
|WRITING FOR THE DEPAULIA|
|URBAN AFFAIRS REPORTING|
|REPORTING FOR GOOD DAY DEPAUL|
|ONLINE NEWS BUREAU|
|JOURNALISM BY NUMBERS|
|THE PRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY|
|JOURNALISM & FREEDOM OF INFORMATION|
|TOPICS IN PHOTOJOURNALISM|
|FROM FRANKLIN TO THE INTERNET: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM|
|MASS COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE|
|CURRENT ISSUES IN THE JOURNALISM INDUSTRY|
|THE INTERNET, TECHNOLOGY, AND POLITICS|
|MASS MEDIA & AMERICAN POLITICS|
|SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE NEWS|
|LONG FORM REPORTING|
|ADVANCED GRADUATE REPORTING FOR GOOD DAY DePAUL|
|ADVANCED REPORTING I|
|ADVANCED REPORTING II|
|SOUND AND VISION|
|REPORTING FOR 14 EAST MAGAZINE|
|HOW TO USE FOIA|
|COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK LAW|
|JOURNALISM STUDY AWAY/ABROAD|
|VOICE AND DICTION:FOR BROADCAST AND COMMUNICATION|
Students who wish to earn one of the three concentrations should see "Concentration Requirements" page to help guide their elective course choices.
With approval from the graduate program director, students can take up to three relevant elective courses from other Communication graduate programs, or relevant graduate elective courses from outside of Communication. Examples of courses students have taken previously are:
|COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY|
|RELATIONSHIPS AND INFLUENCE IN THE WORKPLACE|
|MULTICULTURAL MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS|
|NEW MEDIA AND CULTURE|
|PUBLIC RELATIONS IN HEALTH CARE|
|COMMUNICATION ETHICS AND LAW|
Optional Latino Media & Communication Concentration
The graduate concentration in Latino Media & Communication is comprised of at least three graduate courses drawn from the areas of advertising, journalism, media and cinema studies, multicultural communication, organizational communication and public relations. Graduate students in any of the College of Communication Master of Arts programs can elect to complete the Latino Media & Communication concentration. Students may need to use outside electives to complete this concentration.
Students who complete the concentration will:
- Develop an understanding of the heterogeneous and rapidly changing Latino communities locally, nationally and globally
- Ground their knowledge of intercultural studies within a more extensive and concrete knowledge of a particular (even though diverse), rapidly growing, and increasingly important population within the U.S.
- Increase their cross-cultural competence (understanding and ability to dialogue across difference, develop cultural sensitivity and awareness) with Latino communities
- Enhance their capacity to communicate with and learn from Latino populations in the workplace, in community situations and other sites of engagement
- Recognize the impact of the movement of Latinos across the globe and develop the skills to critically consume and produce media, public relations and advertisement representations that communicate to and about Latino communities
- Develop field-specific knowledge of Latino media and communication along with an understanding of how Latino studies shapes other fields of communication
Students are required to take three courses (12 credits) from the following list:
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION 1|
|MULTICULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN JOURNALISM 1|
|TOPICS IN CINEMA STUDIES 1|
|LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA/MEDIA|
|ENGAGING LATINX COMMUNITIES|
|CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND ADVERTISING 1|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS & ADVERTISING 1|
|STUDY ABROAD 1|
Topic must be related to Latino Media and Communication.
All students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000 in their coursework. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.000, the student will be allowed to complete an additional 16 credits or 3 quarters (whichever comes first) to attain the 3.000 minimum GPA. If the cumulative GPA remains below a 3.000 at the conclusion of this time period, the student may be dismissed from the program. The student's cumulative and term GPAs along with overall academic performance will be factored into the dismissal decision.
Students pursuing a graduate Journalism degree can select specific elective classes to earn a concentration.