Courses

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Reporting the News

Choose a beat and start reporting—then publish your work on our online publication.

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Law and Ethics in American Journalism

History, ethics, law—learn how to navigate murky waters.

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Media Startups and Innovation

Embed with a hot new media company enrolled in a media accelerator and learn how to write about them. media startup and pitch it to investors and entrepreneurs.

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Feature Writing

Use your words: learn to captivate and enthrall readers with vivid storytelling.

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Investigative Reporting

Chase leads, dig dirt, sift through data, and follow the money.

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Multimedia Storytelling

Stories that come alive: shoot and edit video, add graphics and compile your own reel.

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Virtual Newsroom

The Broadcast Newsroom

Designed to give you the tools to work in a newsroom.

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Audio Storytelling

Learn how to produce your own podcasts and share them with the world.

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Long-Form Narrative

Read great works of journalism, then write your own.

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The Working Journalist

Gather your clips, polish your resume, and land your dream job.

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Pathways through AJOM

Full-time and part-time options to complete an online master’s in American Journalism

Please note:

  • The degree requires eight courses totaling 30-32 credits to complete.
  • There are five required courses: Reporting the News, Feature Writing, Longform Narrative, Investigative Reporting, and Law & Ethics.
    • The following courses must be taken in order: Reporting the News, Feature Writing, then Long-Form Narrative.
    • Investigative Reporting should be taken after Reporting the News.
  • You will complete three elective courses. The electives are Multimedia Storytelling, Audio Storytelling, The Broadcast Newsroom, Media Startups & News Innovations, and The Working Journalist.
  • You may take summers off as long as you complete the program within 5 years.
  • Every course is worth four credits, except The Working Journalist which is two credits.

Example Pathways to Graduation

Complete in 1 year

Online Journalism Pathway: 1 Year (Read below for details)

Fall (1st semester)

  • Reporting the News
  • Law & Ethics
  • Elective 1

Spring (2nd semester)

  • Feature Writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Elective 2

Summer (3rd semester)

  • Long-Form Narrative
  • Elective 3

 

Complete in 1.5 years

Online Journalism Pathway: 1.5 Year (Read below for details)

Fall (1st semester)

  • Reporting the News
  • Law & Ethics
  • Elective 1

Spring (2nd semester)

  • Feature Writing
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Elective 2

Summer (3rd semester)

  • Long-Form Narrative
  • Or take the summer off

Fall (3rd semester)

  • Long-Form Narrative (if not completed over the summer)
  • Elective 3

 

Complete in 2 years

Online Journalism Pathway: 2 Year (Read below for details)

Fall (1st semester)

  • Reporting the News
  • Law & Ethics

Spring (2nd semester)

  • Feature Writing
  • Elective 1

Summer (3rd semester)

  • Long-Form Narrative
  • Or take the summer off

Fall (4th semester)

  • Investigative Journalism
  • Elective 2

Spring (5th semester)

  • Long-Form Narrative (if not completed the previous summer)
  • Elective 3

Complete in 2+ years

Students going part-time can take one course per semester or go at their own pace, as long as they honor prerequisites and graduate within 5 years.