2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog 
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2018-2019 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computational Journalism, MS (Not admitting students as of Fall 2018)

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This program will no longer be accepting new students as of Fall 2018.


Stephen Masiclat, masiclat@syr.edu
Professor, Co-Director, 255 Newhouse 3

Jae C. Oh, jcoh@syr.edu
Professor, Co-Director, 4-177 Sci & Tech


Aileen Gallagher, Roy Gutterman, Stephen M. Masiclat, Nancy McCracken, Jae C. Oh, Adam R. Peruta

The computational Journalism program prepares students for the application of computation to the activities of journalism such as information gathering, organization, and dissemination while upholding values of journalism such as accuracy and verifiability. The program prepares students to learn computing fundamentals and skills required for supporting journalistic activities such as newsgathering, investigative journalism, verification/fact finding, and authoring/printing/publication/broadcasting of news, sharing and distribution of news information, editing and commenting on news.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Computer Science or Journalism, or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and significant experience working as a professional journalist (applicant must provide a portfolio of published/broadcast stories).

This 36-37 credit program leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) in Computational Journalism.

Student Learning Outcomes in Computational Journalism

Students in the Computational Journalism Master’s program are expected to achieve the following educational goals:

1.  Demonstrate strong writing ability

2.  Demonstrate the ability to construct and tell a story effectively in spoken words, images, text and through multimedia

3.  Understand and make use of information technology, and grasp its import for society

4.  Understand effective visual language and how to apply it to create visual messages and enhance communications

5.  Understand the events and issues of the day in public communications and society in an environment both encouraged and deepened by the liberal arts experience

6.  Think analytically, gain numerical proficiency and learn to develop well-researched positions on issues

7.  Demonstrate knowledge of the historical traditions in public communications, and of industry practices and products

8.  Demonstrate knowledge of ethical practice in the communications field, along with an understanding of the responsibilities communications practitioners have for the public welfare

9.  Demonstrate an understanding of the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press along with a commitment to using these freedoms in the service of democracy

10.  Develop the knowledge to compare and contrast media systems around the world

11.  Learn to value, embrace and support diversity in society and the media

12.  Learn to access, evaluate, synthesize and make use of information to create media products

13.  Become media literate and a critical consumer of media content

14.  Develop the ability to analyze the validity and structure of many types of data, identify any essential public interests captured therein, and, frame the relevant data in a comprehendible story

15.  Mine or otherwise obtain raw data and form it into query-able databases

16.  Develop the ability to code, modify, and develop the presentation means to communicate newsworthy stories to mass audiences on multiple platforms


Total Credits: 36

Total Credits: 37

Possible Elective Choices (others allowed with advisor’s approval):

Newhouse options

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