What You’ll Learn
BEAT REPORTING SKILLS
DATA FRAME OF MIND
DATA NEGOTIATION, SCRAPING, CLEANING and ANALYSIS
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING TECHNIQUES
BUILDING A NEWS APP
LOCALIZING A NATIONAL STORY
Software and Platforms You’ll Gain Experience In:
- Final Cut Pro X
- Hindenburg Audio Editing
- Google Fusion Tables
- The command line
- Sublime Text Editor
- Advanced spreadsheet techniques
- Twitter API
- ArcGIS Mapping
- Tabula and data cleaning
- Adobe Photoshop
- Wordpress CMS
- Social tools like Hootsuite
- Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
2020-21 COVID-19 Policies
On July 30, 2020, the Academic Senate decided that all undergraduate and graduate courses offered for a letter grade must also offer students the option of taking the course for a “credit” or “no credit”. With this new grading policy in effect for the 2020-21 academic year, the Department of Communication counts all courses taken in academic year 2020-21 with a grade of ‘CR’ (credit) or ‘S’ (satisfactory) towards satisfaction of graduate degree requirements that otherwise require a letter grade.
The Graduate Degree in Journalism requires a minimum of 45 units. In addition to seven required courses, students have to take two specialized writing courses, chosen from a list of eleven, and three approved electives from among graduate-level courses in the Department of Communication or from among courses across campus. We encourage students in the program to take courses outside of the department in everything from statistics to coding to design thinking.
Except for COMM 289P Journalism Master’s Thesis, all courses must be taken for a letter grade. To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. Graduation requires a GPA of 3.0 or better.
With the new grading policy in effect for spring 2020, courses toward the master’s degree in Communication/Journalism may be taken S/NC.