Storytelling for a Digital Age
Change the world by telling stories that matter. Become a professional content creator with the journalistic and entrepreneurial skills to engage, inform, pursue your passion, and make a difference. Get a master’s degree in multimedia journalism.
Why apply early? An early application increases your chances to obtain early enrollment incentives and scholarships offered by the School of Journalism and Communication.
November 15, 2017
February 15, 2018
April 15, 2018
Tuition is approximately $25,505 for Oregon residents and $37,116 for nonresident and international students. Our program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill.
Where We’re Located
Classes are held evenings and weekends at the University of Oregon Portland Campus, located downtown at the corner of NW Couch and Naito Parkway.
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What You’ll Learn
First and foremost, our program is about the story: how to find it, how to get it, and how to use digital-age tools to tell it. Our experience-rich curriculum builds the journalistic practice and technological skills—from video and audio production to data visualization and interactive web design—to report the stories that matter in ways that resonate.
Although our typical student completes the 48-credit program in 18 months, you can negotiate a pace that works for you. Because many of our students are working professionals, we offer all classes on evenings and weekends. The grid below shows when we offer required courses. Each term is 10 weeks long.
Foundations of Multimedia Journalism (4 credits): Students are introduced to the building blocks of multimedia storytelling within the context of solid journalistic practice.
Thinking Story (4 credits): Students will explore the art and craft of nonfiction storytelling.
Multimedia Journalism Practices (4 credits): This class explores the job of a multimedia journalist, focusing on researching and pitching stories, and using social media to enhance the process.
Reporting with Community (4 credits): Students explore and practice emerging “community-first” concepts of journalism and reporting to identify the needs of the communities served.
Foundations of Explanatory Journalism (4 credits) Students explore and practice concepts in visual explanation and explanatory video.
One or More Elective(s) (2 credits each)
Producing Story (4 credits): Building on the Thinking Story and Reporting with Community classes, this class explores techniques for producing and presenting effective multimedia stories.
Digital Ethics (4 credits): This course explores the ethical issues emerging as digital technology disrupts the media landscape.
One or more elective(s) (2 credits each)
Terminal Project (3-6 credits): The terminal project brings together the skills and concepts, art and craft students have been studying to report and produce a professional-quality multimedia project under the guidance of a MMJ adviser. This project can continue through the following fall and winter terms.
Business Practices (2 credits)
Communication and Society (4 credits): Students learn the social, technological, economic, and political trends that influence communication practice in the digital age and analyze the forces challenging legacy news organizations today.
Terminal Project (3-6 credits)
Some students elect to continue working on their terminal projects, and/or take additional elective courses.
Audio Storytelling I
This course focuses on the technical aspects of audio field recording and editing using Adobe Audition software.
Gain exposure to the fundamental principles of Motion Graphics. Learn the basics of Adobe After Effects software, including 3D camera tracking titles and “2-½ D” photo movement.
Story in Stills
You will learn to think with more clarity and sophistication about how still images can convey narrative. We will discuss the process of finding, researching, shooting, and editing.
This course will examine current best practices around 360 video production and offer an introduction to photogrammetry (the use of drones and still photography to create virtual worlds).
Storytelling with Data
This course will give students an introduction to data visualization techniques used in multimedia storytelling. It will also give students core vocabulary in order to more effectively communicate with designers and Data Visualization specialists.
Story Arc Workshop Cinematic Journalism Workshop (non-credit course)
Coaches from around the country work with our students to capture stories about individuals and organizations working to make the world a better place.
DSLR Video Bootcamp (non-credit course)
This four-day hands-on workshop will cover best practices in planning, shooting and editing a journalistic video story.
Audio Storytelling II
This course will explore narrative storytelling through audio. You will get hands-on experience in field recording, interviewing and editing an audio story for broadcast and other contemporary media platforms. You will focus on short form audio production that incorporates the use of interviews, actualities, voice-over narration and sound effects. Special emphasis will be placed on writing for the ear and voicing scripts.
Web Design & Interactivity
Students will receive an introduction to core principles of web design, as well as user experience and interactivity as they relate to multimedia journalism storytelling. Additionally, students will each create a simple website. This course does not dive into coding.
Are You a Good Fit?
We want to develop the storytellers of the future. Although most of our students have academic or professional journalism or media experience, we often accept less experienced applicants with strong portfolios showing talent and potential.
Be Our Guest
We encourage students to visit us at our downtown Portland campus. We offer regular information sessions at 5-6 pm on the first Monday of each month, as well as personalized visits.
What’s In Our Gearkit
Because we are a small, nimble program, we can keep up with rapid changes in technology. Our students can borrow state-of-the-art production equipment seven days a week that includes:
- Cinema cameras – Canon C100, C100 Mark II, C200, C300, XC10, and Sony FS700
- Canon EOS 80D DSLR cameras with a variety of lenses
- GoPro cameras, including a GoPro HERO5 Black and Karma Grip gimbal
- Manual and motorized motion systems by Kessler, Dynamic Perception, and Rhino
- DJI Ronin gimbal, Ikan DSLR gimbal, and DJI Osmo+ handheld gimbal with 4K camera
- DJI Inspire, Mavic Pro Platinum, and Spark drones
- 360 cameras
- Marantz audio recorders and Sennheiser microphones
- Lighting and grip equipment