Journalism That Matters
Learn how to break news, tell human stories, and uncover the world using the craft of journalism and cutting-edge tools to inform and transform society.
Why apply early? An early application increases your chances to obtain early enrollment incentives and scholarships offered by the School of Journalism and Communication.
September 30th, 2017
December 30th, 2017
After March 30th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Think You're a Good Fit?
Are you inquisitive? Highly motivated? Do you want to uncover and tell stories that will impact your community and society at large? If so, join a select group of people like you. No journalism or media background required.
This is a full-time, one-year residential program in Eugene. Students learn story research and development, fact finding, writing, and multimedia skills while working with Pulitzer Prize–winning professionals and recognized researchers in the fields of journalism and communication.
What Our Alumni Say
Everybody in the cohort was there because they wanted to make a positive impact, and they felt journalism was the best vehicle for facilitating change and fostering conversations that lead to progress. The program was really supportive about not imposing a set of values about journalism or even a set definition of what journalism is, but instead … allowing us to explore: What does storytelling look like in the 21st century? And what is the best way to influence change? I would tell an incoming student to expect to be challenged. I’d also encourage them to be open minded. You never know when you’re going to fall in love with a new medium or find a topic you didn’t know you were passionate about.
Emily Olson (MS '17)Audience Engagement Intern, National Public Radio
As someone in my late 20s, I didn’t want to be spending two or three years in school. So the brevity of the program definitely attracted me. Another advantage is that you’re working right alongside media professionals who have been there and done that. You’re working with people who are contributing to the New York Times and Sports Illustrated. You’re working with the people who have experience in the industry. It’s definitely focused on becoming a professional–not the theory of journalism, but the practice.
Carl Segerstrom (MS '17)Reporting Intern, High Country News
In undergrad, we had 100 people in my graduating class major, and almost all of my classes were in big lecture halls. I had almost no one-to-one contact with my professors. So that was a big thing for me when I was applying for graduate school: I wanted a really small program. Here at Oregon, we get that nice, individualized attention. Our professors, the staff–they know us. They know our interests, they know our skills. And having such a small group, we can really learn from each other and play off each other’s skills, but in a non-intimidating manner.
Miranda Daviduk (MS '18 - expected)Freelance journalist and documentary photographer
Eugene has a lot of character. It has a fun, lively downtown, and it’s central to a lot. It’s a 45-minute drive to the coast. An hour-and-a-half and you can be skiing or snowboarding in Bend. There are mountains and hiking trails all around. So there’s definitely no boredom. Eugene is also really diverse in terms of people’s opinions and passions about different topics–so there’s no shortage of stories.
Christopher Larsen (MS '18 - expected)Multimedia Producer and Coordinator, University of Oregon Office of International Affairs
What You'll Learn
Our intensive program begins with a summer immersion in the foundational skills you’ll need for advanced journalism coursework. The rest of the year, you’ll get hands-on experience in a wide variety of media, culminating in a professional project or substantive internship. You can complete the full-time, 46-credit program in just 12–15 months (four or five 10-week terms).
Reporting and Information Strategies (4 credits): This basic news-gathering and writing class calls for extensive writing inside and outside of class in a variety of forms, including news, features, interviews, and multimedia scripts.
Visual Studies in Journalism (4 credits): This lab- and portfolio-intensive course covers visual reporting techniques with an emphasis on praxis/theory, law, and ethics of photojournalism and videography.
News Editing (4 credits): Students learn copyediting, headline writing, and page design for print and online newspapers, with an emphasis on grammar, style, accuracy, libel, fairness, story organization, and headline and caption writing.
Mass Communication and Society (4 credits): This introduction to graduate study in journalism and communication focuses on a review of the literature of mass communication.
Journalistic Interview (4 credits): Students learn how to gather information by asking questions. This class covers literature and research on the techniques of listening, nonverbal communication, and psychological dynamics of the interview relationship in journalistic situations.
Reporting II (4 credits): Students learn and practice in-depth reporting on public affairs and community news.
Story Development (4 credits): This introduction to print and online feature writing focuses on narrative storytelling, marketing your ideas and stories, in-depth story research, and advanced feature writing for print and online markets.
Multimedia Story (Optional, but strongly recommended) (4 credits): This a production course where students create compelling stories with the use of still images, sound and video. The course examines the ways in which the still image, sound and video can be combined to connect with viewers. Students collect audio with digital recorders, shoot stills and video with DSLR cameras and edit using Final Cut Pro.
1-2 elective courses
Advanced Story Development (4 credits): This continuation of Story Development I focuses on long-form journalism, research, and writing and helps students plan and organize their final projects.
Terminal project and/or internship credits: Internships must be approved by the student’s advisor and program director and typically require 20 hours/week for at least eight weeks. Internships are not guaranteed, and students are responsible for researching and applying for their own internship opportunities.
You can also specialize in science and/or environmental reporting. To earn the specialization, you’ll need to take three adviser-approved courses in place of other electives, such as:
- Environmental Writing
- Reporting Science
- Online Science Reporting
- Literature of Environmental Journalism
- Other relevant SOJC courses approved by adviser
- Outside courses (such as courses from the Environmental Studies Department) approved by adviser
Suggestions for elective courses include Photojournalism, Advanced Multimedia, Specialized Reporting, Reporting Science/Environment, Human Rights and Documentary, and Documentary Production. You can also take electives outside the SOJC based on your interests and in consultation with your adviser.
Tuition is approximately $24,060 for Oregon residents and $35,465 for nonresident and international students. Our program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill.
How to Find Us
Our full-time residential program offers classes at the main University of Oregon campus in Eugene.