A select group of students each year have the opportunity to work toward a joint M.A. degree in Journalism along side Africana StudiesFrench Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Russian and Slavic StudiesEuropean 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 advancement in the use of 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, WRR I in the first term and WRR II in the third. This helps intensify our supervision of the forthcoming thesis. At the same time, students are advancing reporting and writing skills in long form and their multimedia skills as well. These two required classes also help ensure group cohesion within the larger Journalism graduate program and emphasize GloJo's international inflection. Two or three subject-area reporting electives or two plus a specific skills course or seminar round out the five journalism courses that lead to the journalism side of the degree. 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. (As it is said: All global is local.) 

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 meetings 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. We welcome you as visitors.

Here you can see where our students are interning and where some of our recent graduates are working. Don't miss the extraordinary reporting opportunity in Senegal that three GloJo students were chosen to participate in over spring break 2014. It led to this PBS NewsHour segment, which aired 2 May 2014. Another such reporting foray is planned for Spring 2015.

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 trips (they last anywhere from three weeks to three months) during their first two semesters in the program. Well before they travel, students enlist two faculty mentors, one from Journalism and one from the partner program.

Thesis reporting continues after the summer and the writing period usually continues well into the second spring, although at least two students have managed to complete the thesis by as early as the end of their third semester in the program. 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 Buzzfeed Longform,  Dissent, the Huffington Post, the Boston ReviewHarper's Magazine, the Seatlle TimesCity LimitsTablet (twice), GlobalPost.com (twice), in VQR (twice), Brooklyn Quarterly, on NPR's Latino USA and produced as a radio segment by the author for NPR's "Morning Edition." 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), which is being revived. NACLA, the North American Congress on Latin America, is housed at CLACS at NYU, our Latin American Studies partner, and chaired by Planas.

Prospective students are not only invited but encouraged 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 can plan to be or happen to be in town for a Sunday GloJo dinner, we'd be delighted to invite you to one of those as well. It's a great way to meet current students from both Years One and Year Two and get a real sense of this remarkable community.

For 2014-15, the GLoJo Dinners are scheduled for Sunday, October 5; Sunday, November 2; Holiday Musicale December 7; Year Two Thesis 25/250-4x4 Presentations, February 8; Year One Thesis Travel Grant Presentations, March 8

In all cases, please email global.journalism@nyu.edu for an invitation and further details.

By all means join our Facebook page for regular informal updates.

Please note the final deadline for application submission is midnight January 4th, so do get all of your documents in no later than this date. The volume of applications and the dual-department review makes it difficult to consider late submissions.

Global and Joint Program Studies Bylines


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