Storytelling for the Digital Age
Change the world by telling its stories. Become a professional content creator with the journalistic and technological skills to engage, inform, and make a difference. Get a master’s degree in multimedia journalism.
What It Will Cost
Full-time Oregon residents pay about $5,950 a term, for a total program cost of $25,700-$31,650. 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.
What We Teach
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.
Communication and Society (4 cr): 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.
Foundations of Multimedia Journalism (4 cr): Students are introduced to the building blocks of multimedia storytelling within the context of solid journalistic practice.
Thinking Story (4 cr.): Students will explore the art and craft of nonfiction storytelling.
Multimedia Journalism Practices (4 cr.): This class explores aspects of the multimedia journalist’s job, focusing on researching and pitching stories, and using social media to support and enhance the process.
Reporting Story (4 cr.): This class focuses on journalistic research, analyzing the techniques that help journalists gather the material from which stories are crafted.
Electives: Audio 1 (2 cr.); Audio 2 (2 cr.); Story In Stills (2 cr.)
Producing Story (4 cr.): Building on the Thinking Story and Reporting Story classes, this class explores techniques for producing and presenting effective multimedia stories.
Story & Commerce (4 cr.): This class focuses on the media marketplace from the content producer’s point of view, from legacy publishing to Kindle Singles to app development.
Electives: Storytelling with Data (2 cr.) and Web design & Interactivity (2 cr.)
Digital Ethics (4 cr.): Ethical issues are addressed in case-studies, placing the material in the real world.
Terminal Project (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.
Meet with Us
We encourage students to visit us at our downtown Portland campus. We offer regular information sessions as well as personalized visits.
Who We’re Looking For
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.
Meet some of our students and alumni, and take a look at their work.
What’s In Our Gearkit
Because we are a small, nimble program, we can keep up with rapid changes in technology. Our students have free access to state-of-the-art production equipment seven days a week that includes:
- Canon C100, Sony FS700, GoPro, and DSLR cameras with a variety of lenses
- Motion systems by Kessler, Dynamic Perception, and Rhino
- DJI Ronin gimbal
- DJI Inspire drone
- Marantz audio recorders and Sennheiser microphones
- Lighting and grip equipment