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 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 in their reporting and writing skills, from spot news and features to explanatory journalism to long narrative form. We also emphasize multimedia skills training. 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 and in multicultural New York City that couldn’t be more true.)
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 for informal monthly dinner meetings 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. Don’t miss our Collaborations page, which highlights recent media partnerships with GroundTruth/GlobalPost, the Bureau for International Reporting, and New York Magazine as well as some outstanding GloJo student entrepreneurship. So far a total of five GloJo students have been on BIR trips to Senegal in 2014, producing this PBS NewsHour segment , and in 2015 to Morocco, where the GloJo duo produced stories such as this one for Mashable and others for various outlets. This was in addition to their work on this PBS segment for BIR. In summer 2015, as recent grads, one member of the migration team took a summer position with the AP in Paris and another has an extended brief with Reuters in Dakar. A current student doing field work for his thesis had a summer internship in Berlin with the New York Times.
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 from 2011 or this one, which NPR aired in 2013. 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 Review, Harper’s Magazine, Al Jazeera America, the Seattle Times, City Limits, Tablet (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. Check the graduation year as we regularly post these pieces on our Facebook page real time. A selection of them also appear as on this site under the Student Work link.
Along with our students, our Facebook page features the work of our alumni as they advance in the professional world. We also encourage the entrepreneurial efforts of our students and alumni, such as the daily Latin American News Dispatch, the creation of Andrew O’Reilly and Roque Planas (GloJo-LatAm 2011), which is now run by the current students in our GloJo-LatAm juggernaut. More about this initiative can also be found on the Collaborations page.
To learn even more about the program, prospective students are not only invited but encouraged to visit the Institute during the fall and spring academic terms. 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 if you wish to meet with faculty, visits should be scheduled well in advance. 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.
The 2015-16 dates for 2015-16 are as follows:
Friday, December 4th (Holiday Musicale)
Friday, February 5th (Year Two Thesis Presentations)
Friday, March 4th (Year One Research Prospecti)
Sunday, April 3rd
In all cases, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a personal invitation and further details. And by all means join our Facebook page for almost daily updates as to what our students and faculty are up to and where and what they are publishing. And by all means subscribe to the full feed from GloJo Alumni on Twitter.
Please note the final deadline for application submission is midnight January 4th, including all scholarship consideration, so do get all of your documents in no later than this date. The volume of applications and the dual-department review makes it almost impossible to consider late submissions.