Journalism for the Twenty-First Century
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.
Who We're Looking For
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 It Will Cost
Oregon residents typically pay $20,700–$26,200 for the four-term program, while non-residents pay $31,000–$39,500. Our tuition is eligible for federal financial aid.
Where We’re Located
Our full-time residential program offers classes at the main UO campus in Eugene.
What We Teach
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 intensive course covers advanced visual reporting techniques with an emphasis on digital production, color, lighting, in-depth storytelling, documentary, and portfolio. Course is open to majors only and can be repeated up to three times (for a maximum of 16 credits) when topic changes.
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.
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.
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:
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
What Our Alumni Say
Ryan Schoeck (MS ’12) | Senior Copywriter for Cotopaxi—Gear for Good
The faculty at the University of Oregon has provided me with the training and real-world experience necessary for today’s working journalist. With the shift toward electronic media distribution, the School of Journalism and Communication is teaching students how to stay current on developing news and storytelling mediums. From magazine feature writing to multimedia news packages, the journalism program in Eugene prepares students to be ready for all aspects of the job market.
Learning the craft of practicing ethical journalism, taught by professors who really care about students’ success, is something you will find within the University of Oregon’s professional master’s program.