The Master of Arts in Journalism Program at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism is an intensive, three-semester course of study designed to train graduate students for a wide variety of careers in the field of journalism. Through the School’s converged curriculum, all students learn to tell stories using print, broadcast, and interactive formats while undergoing rigorous instruction in the traditional skills, standards, and ethics of journalism. The program also includes a required paid professional internship in the summer between the second and third semesters. In addition to the plentiful resources of New York City, the School boasts state-of-the-art media technology and a superb faculty composed of industry professionals and veteran journalists who have chosen to bring their expertise to the classroom. Students will have daily contact with working journalists across all media specialties, thus developing mentoring relationships and making the connections that will guide them both in and out of graduate school.
All students learn the multimedia skills every journalist is expected to have in today’s era of change and innovation. Students have the option to concentrate in print, broadcast, or interactive journalism, but they are also free to mix and match media courses, depending on their interests and career goals. Students get their media instruction inside the classroom and from one-on-one contact with professional writers, broadcasters, multimedia experts, and photographers. These media coaches not only give individual guidance on course assignments but they help students draft pitches and get their work published or shown in media outlets beyond the School.
In their second semester, all students choose a subject matter concentration, selecting from Arts and Culture, Business and Economics, International, and Urban Reporting. Students take three courses in their subject concentration that build upon one another. The purpose is to develop an expertise in an area that could be pursued following graduation. Once students develop the skills required to be an analytic journalist in one specialty area, they can apply those skills to covering any specialty or beat in the future.
Dean Stephen B. Shepard
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
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New York, NY 10018