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
April 15, 2018
After April 15th, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis.
Full-time Oregon residents pay about $5,910 a term, for a total program cost of $25,505-$31,415. Our program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill.
Where We’re Located
Our classes meet evenings and weekends at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center on the White Stag block in downtown Portland.
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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.
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