Journalism Master’s Program

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Master’s Degree in Journalism

Learn how to break news and tell compelling human-interest stories that inform and inspire using the craft of journalism and cutting-edge communication tools.

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Journalism Graduate Studies at the SOJC

If you want to tell stories that impact your community and society, we want to meet you. No journalism or media background is required. In our full-time, one-year residential program in Eugene, you’ll learn the foundations of journalism, including story research and development, fact finding, writing, and multimedia skills. You can complete the full-time, 46-credit program in just 12–15 months (four or five 10-week terms).

Journalism student interviewing South Slough park volunteers

Derek Maiolo holding newspaper

Student directing cameraman during film shoot

 

 

 
 
15-18
Students in each Cohort
12-15
Months Spent in The program
 
 

 

What You Can Do with a Journalism Master’s Degree

You’ll learn how to tell stories that can inform the public, influence legislation, and inspire change—skills in high demand at media outlets, nonprofits, and businesses across today’s competitive economy. How in demand? Graduates from our recent cohort have already landed internships or jobs at NPR, High Country News, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Newsday, and the East Oregonian.

Journalism student Emily Olson taking notes

“Everybody in the cohort was there because they wanted to make a positive impact, and they felt journalism was the best vehicle for facilitating change and fostering conversations that lead to progress. The program was really supportive about not imposing a set of values about journalism or even a set definition of what journalism is, but instead allowing us to explore:  What does storytelling look like in the 21st century? And what is the best way to influence change?” 

—Emily Olson ’17, Digital Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Specialize in Science Journalism

Public understanding of science- and tech-related matters determines the laws we pass, the behaviors we adopt, and the causes we champion. But research shows that scientists and citizens often see the same issues through different lenses, especially when it comes to polarizing issues. Journalists can be change agents, spurring public understanding and action. Work with program advisors and the SOJC’s new Media Center for Science and Technology (MCST) to get specialized training in science and tech communication.

Journalism Master's student Miranda Daviduk in the field holding camera.

Where Science Meets Storytelling 

With her camera in hand, visual storyteller Miranda Daviduk ’18 probes the places where science, gender equality, and the environment intersect. Her multimedia terminal project, “Growing from the STEM,” examines how women and minorities at the University of Oregon are working to bring more diversity to science, technology, engineering, and math. “Diverse viewpoints lead to diverse ideas and solutions,” she writes. “The hope is that one day kids will draw a different kind of scientist: one that looks just like them.”

 

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Study in the Beautiful 
Pacific Northwest 

Named for renowned journalist Eric W. Allen, who founded the SOJC over 100 years ago, Allen Hall sits at the heart of the tree-filled University of Oregon campus in Eugene. In our state-of-the-art classrooms, studios, and collaboration spaces, you’ll get expert guidance and hands-on experience using the latest media technology to collaborate on compelling stories.

 

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Your Investment

Below are tuition estimates for a typical student in this one-year master’s program. Your actual cost may vary depending on a number of factors, including how long you take to complete the program. 

$24,000
Oregon Residents
$35,500
Nonresident and International

The Journalism Master’s program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill. 

 

Park Sung
Meet Sung Park
JOURNALISM MASTER'S PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR

Sung Park uses images to tell stories that make a difference. An award-winning photojournalist and multimedia producer for more than 20 years, he continues to freelance while helping students at the SOJC and across the globe harness the power of visual storytelling. From teaching multimedia storytelling at the University of Ghana as a Fulbright Scholar to co-founding the Story-Arc Cinematic Journalism Workshop, he helps aspiring journalists view the world through a new lens.

 

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Application Deadlines

Applications for the Summer 2020 cohort are open.

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