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.
Thank you for your interest in the Stanford Journalism Program. 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.
I hope you’ll explore the program’s curriculum and requirements for admission on this website. I also invite you to look carefully at the brief biographies of the faculty of the Department of Communication. There is nothing more important to the quality of a curriculum than the people who teach it. You may also want to look at the Peninsula Press, our multimedia news site where students publish their work in conjunction with local media partners.
Please go to the applications page to learn about the admissions process. Helpful information for international students includes requirements on credentials for graduate study and student visa information.
James T. Hamilton
Director, Stanford Journalism Program
Hearst Professor of Communication
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.
In Public Issues Data Journalism II, Farida Jhabvala Romero (MA ’15) learned to negotiate for data, clean data, build a scraper, analyze data using Excel and SQL and build a map for analysis in order to tell a story about towing in Menlo Park As reporters, students gain a data frame of mind.
In News Reporting class, Carolina Wilson (MA ’15) focused on transportation in Silicon Valley, building up sources and refining story idea with thorough reporting. She produced an award-winning scoop which captured a major tension in the area between bike and regular commuters.
A mini-documentary profile of one of the estimated four million California drivers struggling to manage the mounting financial burden of a suspended driver’s license, the result of costly driving fines.
Optimizing Clean Audio
Framing Sequences and B-Roll Editing
Interdisciplinary innovation in the heart of Silicon Valley
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.
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.