2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 10, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Course Catalog

Magazine, News and Digital Journalism, MA

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Melissa Chessher, Director
318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-4038


Harriet Brown, Melissa Chessher, Aileen Gallagher, Gitner, Jonathan Glass, Roy Gutterman, Joel Kaplan, Stephen M. Masiclat, Greg Munno, Dan Pacheco, Adam R. Peruta, James Shahin, Corey Takahashi, Jodi Upton

Students in the magazine, news and digital journalism program learn to meet the challenges of a complex and evolving industry. In small classes taught by industry professionals, students develop their ability to create content for a variety of audiences and platforms. The program's emphasis remains core skills such as editing, interviewing, reporting, and writing. Students also gain experience with design, data, multimedia, and social media, and produce content for The NewsHouse, the Newhouse School’s multimedia news magazine, campus publications, and local media outlets. Curriculum also includes diversity issues, law, and ethics.

Student Learning Outcomes in Magazine, News and Digital Journalism

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

  • Demonstrate the cross-platform fluency by producing a range of content types for a digital world.

Newhouse Elective (3 credits)

Tracks (Choose one, 12-13 credits)

Magazine, News and Digital Journalism Track (12 credits)

Electives (Choose two, 6 credits)

Electives are taken in the spring semester.

Capstone (6 credits)

Students may fulfill the requirements by taking 6 credits in MND 631, or completing a combination of choices from the list of capstone choices with advisor approval.


Sports Media & Communications Track (13 Credits)

Sports Media & Communications Proseminar (1 Credit)

Sports Media & Communications Electives (6 Credits)

SMC students 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.

Capstone Experience (6 Credits)

SMC students will choose sports related topics and sponsors, with the direction of the director when completing their COM 670 and COM 690 coursework.

Total: 37-38 credits

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