We’re passionate about storytelling + data.

Right now, work at Stanford and the broader Silicon Valley is changing the way stories are discovered, told, and transmitted. We are part of that transformation, empowering students to produce work that is multimedia, data-intensive, entrepreneurial, and influenced by design thinking.

Be a part of this innovation. See our mission statement. Read a message from Director James T. Hamilton >

 

Learn about our master’s program

Finding the hidden stories in data.

We love storytelling. And at a time where data is everywhere, we’re training students to have the tech know-how to discover stories using data skills and how to effectively tell those stories using multimedia.

What you’ll learn in our classes:

In partnership with Big Local News, Amy DiPierro (MA ‘21) analyzed more than 45,000 debt lawsuits filed in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties between 2017 and the first quarter of 20021 and conducted interviews with more than a dozen people sued for debt during the pandemic. The story package, which is DiPierro’s thesis project, published in Bay City News.
In News Reporting class, Rachel Oh (MA ‘21) followed the effects of California’s gig economy law. Unlike other news outlets, Oh looked at the impacts of the law on people who fall outside of what people normally see as gig economy workers. Oh spoke with truckers, pet sitters, translators and other independent contractors who were impacted by the law.
In Immersive Journalism class, MA students collaborated with noted British environmental photographer Mandy Barker, using her images to create a virtual reality experience, “Ripple plastic: the unintended life of plastic at sea.” The experience submerges viewers into the sea filled with Barker’s found marine plastic debris items. The project aims to tell the story of the lasting damage of plastics in the environment.

You’ll build skills in the latest storytelling and data tools, including:

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Hindenburg Audio Editing
  • GitHub
  • Google Fusion Tables
  • The command line
  • Sublime Text Editor
  • SQL
  • Python
  • R
  • Advanced spreadsheet techniques
  • Twitter API
  • Tableau
  • ArcGIS Mapping
  • Tabula and data cleaning
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Wordpress CMS
  • Jekyll
  • Social tools like Hootsuite
  • Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

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Interdisciplinary innovation in the heart of Silicon Valley


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Faculty with newsroom and academic expertise

Our faculty bring a combination of industry expertise and academic accomplishment to the classroom, from The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Seattle Times, the San Jose Mercury News, Bloomberg News and The Associated Press.

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A launchpad to newsrooms across the globe

Stanford Journalism alumni are in newsrooms, media organizations and tech companies throughout the world, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The Verge, Recode and Google News.

Explore Our Alumni Network

Our Partners

Brown Institute for Media Innovation
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford

 

 



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