Multimedia Journalism Graduate Study at SOJC Portland
First and foremost, our program is about the story: how to find it, how to get it, and how to tell it in ways that engage and resonate in today’s digital age. You’ll get hands-on experience in visual, explanatory, and narrative storytelling. And you’ll build the journalistic and technical skills to stand out in the field, from flying drones and shooting 360-degree footage to editing compelling audio and video.
Flexible Schedule for Working Professionals
Because many of our students work full-time, we offer all classes on evenings and weekends. Students often complete our 48-credit program in 18 months, but you can negotiate a pace that works for you.
What You Can Do with a Master’s in Multimedia Journalism
Graduates of our program regularly land jobs at well-known companies and nonprofits across Portland and the nation, from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Oregon Public Broadcasting to Blue Chalk Media, Muse Storytelling, and Intel. They create award-winning documentaries, edit 360-degree video, cover breaking news, start their own production companies, and so much more. Explore a few of their stories below.
In the classroom, you’ll learn how to tell a compelling story and use state-of-the-art tools of the trade from award-winning filmmakers and journalists. But it’s out in the field—conducting research, doing interviews, capturing footage—where the real magic happens.
You may even win some awards of your own. Video and audio journalist Cecilia Brown, MA ’20, presented her student project, “Root Shocked,” at the Vanport Mosaic Film Festival last year. Since then, the film—a short documentary about generational loss, racial disparity, and one family’s efforts to force Portland to reckon with its history—has racked up festival selections around the nation and the Local Sightings Film Festival’s 2020 Social Impact Award.
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.
Student Work in Action
When healthy eating becomes an obsession, it can negatively impact how people treat their bodies. As a multimedia journalism master’s student, Ashley Baker, MA ’20, combined visual storytelling with her background in chemistry to explore how orthorexia, an eating disorder characterized by obsessing over healthy diets, disproportionately affects athletes. Her goal is to shift the messaging around body image and change the way athletes fuel their bodies.
What Our Alumni Say
Becoming a science communicator was always Allyson Woodard's dream. The multimedia journalism master's program led her to a job producing exhibits at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).
“Oregon Museum of Science and Industry hadn't traditionally looked at journalism students when they were looking for exhibit developers. But I think multimedia journalism is a great place to look because we're trained to think about different media and how they interact with each other, and then choose the media that best support the story.”
—Allyson Woodard, MS '15, science museum exhibit developer
Choose your own adventure in the Oregon Reality Lab, where our students are creating immersive experiences that give viewers access to the previously inaccessible. Whether they’re developing a virtual re-creation of a wildfire burn zone or demonstrating how a person who is blind “sees” the world, multimedia journalism master’s students are re-imagining the possibilities of storytelling.
Below are tuition estimates for a typical student in our 18-month program. Your actual costs may vary depending on how long you take to complete the program. For a customized estimate, try the UO's graduate costs calculator.
The Multimedia Journalism Master’s program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill.
Classes are held evenings and weekends at SOJC Portland in the historic White Stag Block, located at the heart of Oregon’s biggest media market. Visit us to see our new Oregon Reality immersive experience lab and state-of-the-art gear checkout room.