Message from the Director

McClatchy Hall

Thank you for your interest in Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism. Right now, work at Stanford and the broader Silicon Valley is changing the way stories are discovered, told, and transmitted. Our program is designed to help you lead that transformation. Core courses and electives will allow you to produce work that is multimedia, data-intensive, entrepreneurial, and influenced by design thinking.

The program is rigorous: You are encouraged to pursue statistical or coding courses as your electives. It is focused: This all happens in nine months of instruction. It is small by design: We seldom take more than 15 or 16 students. It is a springboard to a career: Recent graduates are working at many of the world's most influential media and technology companies.

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Speaker Series

The Journalism Speaker Series, presented in COMM 291, is an event exclusively for journalism students, faculty and invited guests. The public can watch the appearances live-streamed online at 12:15 p.m. Pacific on the dates noted. Speakers have included journalists from the San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg News and Frontline.

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Journalism @ Stanford

What is the Peninsula Press?

  • Learn more about our student-powered local news site and our professional media partners.
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  • From the high-tech, information-inundated Wallenberg Learning Theater, Stanford journalism students covered the election for the Peninsula Press and KQED News.
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Big Data Event
Phillip Reese at multimedia wall

At the Intersection of Data, Technology, and Journalism

  • Members of the Journalism Program faculty attended the 3rd annual Stanford Conference on Computational Social Science.
  • Rebecca Weiss, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication, is one of two leaders on a project that earned a "Magic Grant" from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. The project, known as Gistraker, is a web applications that evaluates the sentiment of language used in media coverage to reveal potential bias.
  • The Graduate Journalism Program hosted a "bicoastal datafest" -- in partnership with Columbia University's Journalism School, the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, and the Sunlight Foundation - that attracted hundreds of journalists, data analysts, and coders in Silicon Valley and New York City. The two-day hackathon culminated on Super Bowl Sunday this year. Student teams worked on computational and data visualization projects, while gleaning lessons from professional experts on hand to guide their work. "Money in the Valley," a project led by Anna Li (MA '13), was one of three awarded top prizes by a panel of judges.

Sample Courses

Raney Aronson-Rath The Graduate Seminar: Journalists on Journalism

The Graduate Seminar (Comm 291) provides a discussion forum for students and working journalists to present and exchange views on the most current and emerging trends, issues, and practices in the communications industry. Professional journalists and news experts are frequently invited as guests to share their expertise and practical insights relevant to the challenges impacting the rapidly changing media landscape. Student reporters produce podcasts and videos of these dynamic exchanges.

Digital Journalism @ Stanford Digital Journalism

Traditional newspaper journalists had no need to learn how to operate the printing presses. Or to understand strategies the Marketing and Circulation departments used to promote and distribute their work. Their interactions with readers were one-sided at best, antisocial at worst, and computers were treated as glorified word processors. The Internet blew that world up. Mobile technologies are shaking it yet again. This course will explore the mind-sets and skill-sets of digital journalism, covering website development and design; data analysis and visualization; search engine and social media strategies; audience engagement; mobile platforms; and web analytics.

Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Stanford University Digital Media Entrepreneurship

DME (Comm 240) pushes the envelope and examines entrepreneurial nature of the power shift in the news business. What does it mean for journalists, media practitioners, entrepreneurs and technologists? Students work in small, interdisciplinary teams to conceptualize, prototype and launch sustainable digital media ventures.

Multimedia Storytelling Multimedia Storytelling

Students learn to report using a variety of multimedia tools such as Final Cut Pro X, Audacity and Photoshop. In 10 weeks, they create and produce three short-form multimedia stories and a gallery of images, published on the Journalism Program's Peninsula Press news site. Check out some featured stories in recent years on the Stanford Journalism YouTube channel.

Media Economics Media Economics

This Spring 2014 course will use economics to examine the generation and consumption of information in communication markets. The class covers concepts that play a large role in information economics, including public goods, economies of scale, product differentiation and externalities. It also looks at individuals’ information demands as consumers, producers, audience members and voters. Topics include economics of Internet, sustainability of accountability journalism and marketplace of ideas.

Social Media Classroom Logo Virtual Communities

Howard Rheingold’s Social Media Classroom includes a free and open-source (Drupal-based) web service that provides teachers and learners with an integrated set of social media that each course can use for its own purposes—integrated forum, blog, comment, wiki, chat, social bookmarking, RSS, microblogging, widgets , and video commenting are the first set of tools. The Classroom also includes curricular material: syllabi, lesson plans, resource repositories, screencasts and videos.