Multimedia Journalism Master’s Program Courses

Wondering what you can learn in the Multimedia Journalism Master’s program? To find out when these courses are offered and to register, visit the UO Class Schedule.

J608 Audio Storytelling II:Podcasting (2 credits)
Explore narrative storytelling through audio. Get hands-on experience in field recording, interviewing, and editing an audio story for broadcast and other contemporary media platforms. Focus on short-form audio production that incorporates the use of interviews, actualities, voice-over narration, and sound effects. Special emphasis will be placed on writing for the ear and voicing scripts. Offered spring term.

J608 Designing and Developing Immersive Media (2 credits)
Get an introduction to designing and building tools for virtual reality, including Unity, Maya, WebXR, and other character-generating tools used to create immersive VR experiences. Prototype an XR (cross-reality) project, using XR hardware that combines aspects of VR, augmented reality, and mixed reality. Offered winter term through the Strategic Communication Master's program.

J608 Drone Cinematography (2 credits)
Explore the ethical, legal and creative aspects of drone cinematography, especially within video journalism. In addition to learning the fundamentals of drone operation, students will prepare to pass the FAA's initial aeronautical knowledge exam in order to gain their Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate.

J608 Entrepreneurship (2 credits)
An entrepreneurial spirit and great business sense are critical elements for building a meaningful career, whether you own the company or not. Learn how to tell your own story from a branding, marketing, and sales perspective. Enhance your knowledge of accounting, budgeting, client management, and contracts. Come away with a better grasp of what it takes to be a true entrepreneur. Offered fall term.

J608 Immersive Storytelling I: 360 Video (2 credits)
Examine current best practices around 360 video production and get an introduction to photogrammetry (the use of drones and still photography to create virtual worlds). Offered spring term.

J608 Immersive Storytelling II: Photogrammetry (2 credits)
Get an introduction to photogrammetry, a technique that stitches together dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of photos to create a virtual model of a room, object, or environment. You’ll explore production tools including smartphones, DSLRs, and drones, and software and apps including RealityCapture, DroneDeploy, and Unity. Offered spring term.

J608 Motion Graphics (2 credits)
Gain exposure to the fundamental principles of motion graphics. Learn the basics of Adobe After Effects software, including 3D camera tracking titles and “2-½ D” photo movement. Offered fall term.

J608 Story in Stills I: Intro (2 credits)
Learn to think with more clarity and sophistication about how still images can convey narrative. You’ll discuss the process of finding, researching, shooting, and editing. Offered winter term.

J608 Story in Stills II: Photo Story (2 credits)
Learn how to find and tell stories effectively with pictures. Develop your ability to research, find, and report stories that explore and explain issues in communities. Explore the ethics of using pictures to tell stories, and look at where we are in the history of photojournalism and documentary photography. This class is for graduate students who have experience taking pictures in the tradition of photojournalism or documentary photography. Offered winter term.

J608 Storytelling with Data (2 credits)
Get an introduction to data visualization techniques used in multimedia storytelling. Learn core vocabulary to more effectively communicate with designers and data visualization specialists. Offered spring term.

J608 Web Design & Interactivity (2 credits)
Get an introduction to core principles of web design, user experience, and interactivity as they relate to multimedia journalism storytelling. Create a simple website. This course does not dive into coding. This is a rotating elective, offered at varying times each year.

J609 Terminal Project (6-9 credits)
During your second year, you’ll begin producing a terminal project incorporating some combination of video, audio, photography, writing, and/or data visualization on a multimedia platform. You can spread the work out over two or more terms and rack up 6+ credits. It’s your chance to bring together all the skills, concepts, and craft you’ve mastered in a professional-quality project. For many students, the terminal project becomes the crown jewel of their portfolio. For an example of a terminal project, see Zach Putnam’s '17 Edward R. Murrow Student Award–winning documentary or Jack Fisher's '18 Long Way Radio adventure podcast.

J610 Thinking Story (4 credits)
Explore the art and craft of nonfiction storytelling.

J610 Foundations of Explanatory Journalism (4 credits)
Students explore and practice concepts in visual explanation and explanatory video.

J610 Digital Ethics (4 credits)
Explore the ethical issues emerging as digital technology disrupts the media landscape.

J611 Mass Communication and Society (4 credits)
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.

J610 Writing for Grad School (1 credit)
Learn the skills for success in graduate-level writing, including how to access and understand academic research, translate it for nonacademic audiences, and write with effective “academic voice.”  Fundamentals of clear writing will also be introduced.

J624 Introduction to Social Virtual Reality (2 credits)
Get insight into the history and evolution of social virtual reality, from its early stages in the game space to the emerging social platforms designed for immersion with VR headsets. Explore and experience several platforms and critically analyze current and potential use of immersive VR in community building, storytelling, marketing, design, education, and more. Consider the ethical implications of this technology and its potential impacts on equity and inclusion. Offered winter term through the Strategic Communication Master's program

J624 Communicating for Social Impact (2 credits)
Whether you're working for a non-profit, foundation, an NGO or as a journalist, creating social change takes strategic planning, resource development, and fierce determination. This course explores contemporary cases and provides a roadmap for developing messages and campaigns that make the world a better place.

J627 Foundations of Multimedia Journalism (4 credits)
Get an introduction to the building blocks of multimedia storytelling within the context of solid journalistic practice.

J628 Multimedia Journalism Practices (4 credits)
Explore the job of a multimedia journalist, focusing on researching and pitching stories and using social media to enhance the process.

J654 Reporting within Communities (4 credits)
Explore and practice emerging “community-first” journalism and reporting concepts.

J656 Producing the Story (4 credits)
Building on the Thinking Story and Reporting within Communities classes, this course explores techniques for producing and presenting effective multimedia stories.


Need some guidance? Here are a few options:

  1. Download our graduate handbook for more details about program requirements and resources.
  2. Attend an info session at SOJC Portland to learn about the program and tour the building.
  3. Contact our graduate recruiter in Portland with questions about the program, the application process, and admission.

Once you’re admitted, you’ll be matched with a faculty advisor who will be your first point of contact for academic and career guidance. You’ll also choose a capstone advisor to assist with your terminal project.