2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jan 31, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Broadcast and Digital Journalism, MS


Chris Tuohey, Chair,

318B Newhouse 3, 315-443-4118


Hubert Brown, Shelvia Dancy, Barbara C. Fought, Dona Hayes, Keren Henderson, Elliott Lewis, Simon Perez, Olivia Stomski, Les Rose, Chris Tuohey, Randy Wenner

The master’s degree program in broadcast and digital journalism is designed to provide the necessary combination of practical training and theoretical study to prepare students for careers in electronic journalism. All students take required coursework in writing, information gathering and reporting, editing, producing, and anchoring for both traditional and new media platforms. No previous training in broadcasting or journalism is required.

The final on-campus capstone course for the master’s degree involves the production of two daily newscasts. Newscast production takes place in our state-of-the-art combined newsroom and HD studio.  The newsroom space includes 27 workstations equipped with ENPS© (a widely used news production system), Adobe Premiere Pro © for video editing and Ross XPression © for graphic creation.  The studio portion features fully robotic cameras, a video wall, a touchscreen powered by Story Teller® software,an anchor desk and interview area.  The adjacent control room is fully automated with Ross Overdrive © technology.  Student journalists are also able to report live from the scene of news stories using Dejero © portable equipment.  

The Broadcast and Digital Journalism program will have an on-campus capstone, and concludes with a summer seminar and internship in Washington, D.C.

The Broadcast and Digital Journalism program offers a Sports Media & Communications Track, which allows students to utilize skills learned in the Broadcast and Digital Journalism program core and apply them to Sports Media & Communications. This track includes an introductory sports media communications summer course, specialized sports media electives and a choice of a sports media or a Washington D.C. internship.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Broadcast and Digital Journalism is a 40-credit program.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a track in Sports Media & Communications is a 40-41 credit program.

Student Learning Outcomes in Broadcast and Digital Journalism

In addition to the comprehensive Newhouse School learning outcomes listed in the School’s Educational Mission , students in the Broadcast and Digital Journalism Master’s program are expected to achieve the following additional learning outcome:

  • Effectively communicate ideas and information vocally, applying professional live reporting techniques that employ appropriate technologies.

Program Required Courses (30 credits)

Broadcast and Digital Journalism graduate students must complete 40 credits within the Newhouse School of Public Communications. If students choose to complete the Sports Media & Communication track, 40-41 credits are required for degree completion.

Track (Choose One, 10-11 Credits)

Broadcast and Digital Journalism Track (10 Credits)

Electives (Choose Two, 6 Credits)

Professional Experience (4 Credits)


Sports Media & Communications Track (10-11 Credits)

Sports Media & Communications Electives (6 Credits)

Students in the Sports Media & Communications track may take any combination of 1 and/or 3 credit courses over the fall and spring semesters to reach a total of 6 Sports Media & Communications elective credits. Students will choose their electives under the guidance of the Director of Sports Media & Communications.

Professional Experience (3-4 Credits)

Students in the Sports Media & Communications track can choose to complete an internship with a sports focus, or attend the Washington Professional Experience. If completing BDJ 675, students will be required to graduate with 41 credits. If completed COM 670, students will be required to graduate with 40 credits.

Total: 40-41 credits