A select group of students each year have the opportunity to work toward a joint M.A. degree in Journalism along side Africana Studies, French Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies, European and Mediterranean Studies or International Relations. This program is known informally at Journalism as GloJo.
By design, GloJo crosses disciplines and media platforms and just as intentionally remains small. It is expressly for students with strong international or transnational interests, background in specific area studies, and, as appropriate, the needed language preparation. The program provides the opportunity to deepen knowledge of each respective region, culture or discipline as it opens opportunity for careers in journalism and any number of related fields. On the Journalism side, the focus is intensive preparation in research, reporting, writing along with multimedia techniques and tools. The Curriculum link takes you to a typical course progression through the two-year program and, just below that, you'll find the requirements for graduation by unit. These differ somewhat from partner program to partner program.
Only one application is needed, but the admission process, because two departments are involved, has two steps. The partner programs review the applications first and GloJo after that. For admission to the joint program, both departments must say yes.
From the very start, GloJo students take their required two Writing, Research and Reporting classes together, one in the first term and one in the third, to intensify our supervision of the forthcoming thesis while advancing reporting and writing skills in long form. This both ensures class cohesion within the larger Journalism graduate program and GloJo's international inflection. Two subject-area reporting electives plus a specific skills course or seminar round out the five journalism courses. Internships can be taken for 0 to 4 credits, including as paid staff for Bedford + Bowery, the New York Magazine site serving downtown Manhattan and North Brooklyn, which NYU Journalism runs.
We endeavor to limit each entering GloJo group to no more than 15 students in total. The first and second year groups gather regularly outside of class in informal monthly dinner gatherings that have been expressly conceived to support degree progress and master's projects preparation. We celebrate, too. These evenings sometimes involve guests from the working world and our recent alumni to enable the further sharing of experiences, expertise, information and professional and academic contacts.
Here you can see where our students are interning and where some of our recent graduates are working. Check our future events and past events calendars to get a sense of the who's-who of journalism who pass through the doors of the Carter Institute week after week.
The master's project (here you can find some recent abstracts) generally involves summer travel between the first and second years of the program. This we support with modest GloJo travel grants. Students prepare for these reporting forays during their first two semesters in the program. As advisers, they enlist two faculty mentors, one from Journalism and one from the partner program, well before they travel.
Thesis reporting continues after the summer and the writing period usually continues well into the second Spring, although at least one student has completed the thesis by as early as the end of the third semester. The research results in a substantive long-form (6,500-10,000 words) journalistic work in narrative, explanatory or investigative style, under-girded with academic references. In recent years, several students have produced documentaries, photographic essays or multimedia projects such as this one or this one, which NPR aired. Some partner programs will accept this work as the final MA project; others will require a more traditional academic thesis in addition. Again, this varies from partner to partner.
Master's projects in near-entirety, or in substantial excerpt, have appeared in such publications as the Boston Review, Harper's Magazine, City Limits, Tablet (twice), GlobalPost.com (twice), in VQR (twice) and on NPR's Latino USA. Students are encouraged to publish professionally as part of the learning experience. We regularly post these pieces on our Facebook page as they appear, as well as on this site under the link called Student Work.
We also make a point of featuring on the Institute website the strong shorter published work of our students and continue to do so for recent alumni as they advance in the professional world. We also encourage the entrepreneurial efforts of our students such as Latin American News Dispatch, the creation of Andrew O'Reilly and Roque Planas (GloJo-LatAm 2011).
Prospective students are invited to visit the Institute during the fall and spring academic terms to learn more about the program. We can arrange for you to sit in on a class and suggest you check Course Listings for classes that might coincide with your visit. Please note that visits should be scheduled well in advance if you wish to meet with faculty. If you happen to be in town for a Sunday GloJo dinner, we'd be delighted to invite you to one of those as well.
The remaining dinner dates for Spring 2014 are Sunday, February 9 (Year Two Thesis Workshop Presentations) and Sunday, March 2 (Year Ones Thesis Proposal and Travel Grant Workshop and Presentations). In all cases, please email email@example.com for an invitation and further details.
By all means join our Facebook page for regular informal updates.
Please note the recommended deadline for all applications is December 18. Application review begins by January 4, so do get all your applications documents in well beforehand to allow time for GSAS processing.
Global and Joint Program Studies Bylines
Mohamad Bazzi is an associate professor of journalism at New York University, where he teaches international reporting. From 2009 to 2013, he served as an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), providing...
Barbara Borst worked for The Associated Press where she was an editor on the international desk, frequently reported from the United Nations and wrote on U.S. and international issues.
Robert S. Boynton
Robert S. Boynton is the director of NYU's Literary Reportage concentration. He was graduated with honors in philosophy and religion from Haverford College, and received an MA in political science from Yale University.
Jean-Philippe Ceppi is an executive producer for the investigative program Temps Présent, a leading television magazine on the Swiss Public Television (RTS). Born in Lausanne, he holds an MA in History, Philosophy and Journalism, from Fribourg University, Switzerland and an MBA.
David J. Dent is author of In Search of Black America, a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2000. He is also author of the forthcoming American Extremes, to be published by St Martin's Press.
Brooke Kroeger directs Global and Joint Program Studies and is the faculty liaison for Bedford + Bowery, the collaborative community news and culture site of NYU Journalism and New York Magazine. She was department chair from 2005-2011 and the Arthur L.
Jason Maloney is an award-winning cameraman, editor and news and documentary producer specializing in foreign affairs coverage. His work has appeared on ABC, CBC, CBS, CNN, Discovery, HDNet, PBS, Nytimes.com and Time.com.
Suketu Mehta is a journalist and fiction writer. His nonfiction book "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found" won the Kiriyama Prize and the Hutch Crossword Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the Lettre Ulysses Prize, the...
Judith Shulevitz is the science editor of The New Republic. Before that, she was the founding culture editor of Slate and the editor of Lingua Franca, which won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence under her editorship.
Stillman, a freelance journalist who was an embedded journalist in Iraq, is the the inaugural recipient of The Reporting Award. In 2008, Stillman traveled to Iraq as a foreign correspondent for TruthDig, where she embedded with the 116th Military Police Company.
Patrick Symmes is a correspondent and travel writer for national magazines, and the author of two books on the Cuban Revolution, "Chasing Che" (2000) and “The Boys from Dolores” (2007), which made the New York Times Ten Best Books list...