Curriculum and coursework

COURSEWORK

Twelve courses make up the M.A. Journalism program, with a load of three courses per semester, to be completed in two school years.

6 Core courses provide a strong foundation and the breadth of context and background needed for today’s dynamic media environment

Media Law and Ethics

Students learn about evolving ethical and legal issues in journalism, focusing on the philosophical foundations of decision-making and how media law and regulatory policies impact the practice of the journalistic profession.

Advanced Reporting and Writing I & II

This course equips students with the skills and techniques of reporting and writing—from story planning and development to in-depth reporting. Besides being trained in critical thinking, students learn a whole range of research strategies and techniques.

The course also provides foundational training for the second Advanced Reporting and Writing class, which in turn, prepares students to thrive in a convergent media environment as they learn about new media technology and storytelling methods for multimedia platforms.

Asia, History, and the Media

Students examine press systems in Asia, with an emphasis on how news media forms and practices interact with historical, social, and political forces. Students are expected to understand the evolution of news media in reference to a historical trajectory that is simultaneously global and national. This is a course that gives the new media professional a solid sense of context against the sometimes chaotic environment of the 24-hour news cycle.

Theories of Journalism

This class introduces the students to key concepts in journalism theory and media theory, with the goal of providing them with a sound theoretical framework for journalistic practice. This is a course that will allow them to reflect on their social and political roles as journalists.

Newsroom Management

Students learn a variety of techniques now used in managing news organizations. They are encouraged to explore news media structures and make sense of organizational missions and social responsibilities. In the process, they are exposed to the study of real-life personnel management concerns as well as professional and ethical issues.

5 Elective courses provide intensive training on a wide range of specialized fields.

Among these are:

  • Journalistic Writing for Multimedia
  • Editorial and Opinion Writing
  • International Reporting
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Media and Politics
  • Computer-assisted Reporting / Data Journalism
  • Reporting about Conflict and Peace

1 Comprehensive examination

1 Master’s Project

This culminating final project can either be an in-depth report or a study of journalism institutions, practices, and processes. It represents a synthesis of the journalist’s accumulated knowledge, skills, and values. It also provides this journalist the opportunity to contribute insights and new knowledge to Asian journalism as well as to reflect on issues of regional importance.