MA Newsgathering Graduate Program
Emerging digital technologies have created boundless opportunities for public communication. At the heart of our program, however, is our unwavering belief that a well informed public is the basis of democracy, and that professionals trained in media practice must provide the information and critical analysis that citizens need. We are therefore committed to upholding the highest professional standards of journalism, even as we navigate this fast-changing digital environment.
Newsgathering students develop skills in information-gathering, storytelling and analysis across a variety of platforms including video, online interactivity, social media, photography and the printed word. They produce content for campus media including a 24/7 online news site, television and radio programs, and online magazines. They complete internships at award-winning radio and television stations, newspapers, magazines, websites and other news outlets in nearby Denver, which forms the Rocky Mountain regions’ largest media market, and across the nation.
Newsgathering Master’s Requirements
The newsgathering program is designed to be completed in four semesters. Students take ten courses (3 credits each) and produce a professional project (6 credits). The curriculum focuses on professional skill development but also includes such conceptual foundations as media law, ethics and history. Students are also encouraged to take courses related to their own professional interests in other departments at CU-Boulder.
The required project is an in-depth news storytelling enterprise (such as a short documentary or a web-based reporting project with multimedia features) that would be worthy of professional distribution.
Newsgathering students interested in environmental journalism have the opportunity to earn both the master’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in environmental journalism, and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Environment, Policy and Society. The combined master’s degree and environmental certificate typically takes two-and-a-half years to complete. To qualify for the certificate, students must complete at least 18 credits of course work from the more than 40 courses in environmental policy and policy sciences offered at CU-Boulder. For more information about the environmental journalism program click here.
For questions about our master’s program in newsgathering please contact:
Graduate Coordinator Martha LaForge: Martha.firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-492-5008
Professor and Graduate Director Janice Peck: Janice.email@example.com.