Thinking about a master’s in journalism?

Join us for an information session Thursday, October 25th from 1-2pm in Allen Hall room 332!

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.

Application Deadlines

Why apply early? An early application increases your chances to obtain early enrollment incentives and scholarships offered by the School of Journalism and Communication.

Summer 2019
Priority Deadline

Apply by:
September 30, 2018

Summer 2019
2nd Round

Apply by:
December 30, 2018

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Summer 2019
3rd Round

Apply by:
March 30, 2019

Summer 2019
4th Round

After March 30, 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.

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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).

Summer Term

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.

Fall Term

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.

Winter Term

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

Spring Term

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.

Your Investment

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.

Start Your Journey Here

We are currently accepting applications for summer 2018. Start the process with our easy online application.

Who to Contact

Todd Milbourn

Journalism Master’s Program Co-Director, Instructor

147 Franklin Building

Sung Park

Sung Park

Journalism Master’s Program Co-Director, Senior Instructor

326 Allen Hall

Piper Menke

Piper Menke

Graduate Student Services Manager and Recruiter

343 White Stag Block