Multimedia Journalism Master’s Program

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Master's Degree in Multimedia Journalism

Compelling stories have the power to move hearts, minds, and policies. In our Multimedia Journalism Master’s (MMJ) program, you’ll learn how to tell stories that matter in video and other media so you can make a difference in your communities.

three students record audio and video footage of a community member

Master’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism

Compelling stories have the power to move hearts, minds, and policies. In our Multimedia Journalism Master’s (MMJ) program, you’ll learn how to tell stories that matter in video and other media so you can make a difference in your communities.

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Enhance Your Career with a Multimedia Journalism Graduate Degree

In today’s rapidly changing media landscape, digital journalists and reporters need to know how to find the story and how to tell it in ways that engage and resonate. In our flexible Portland-based master’s program, you’ll get hands-on access to state-of-the-art gear while learning in-demand storytelling and technical skills, from drone videography and podcasting to animation, explanatory video, immersive media/virtual reality, and more.

You’ll also work with award-winning professionals and build a robust network to help you stand out in an ever-evolving field. And you’ll do it as part of a cohort of close-knit creatives committed to connecting and partnering with the communities they serve.

 

94%
graduates land new
multimedia jobs
34%
graduates add multimedia to existing job
2
national student edward r. murrow awards won since 2017
15-18
students Per Cohort

 

What You Can Do with a Multimedia Journalism Master’s Degree

Graduates of our program regularly land video journalism and multimedia journalist 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. Many photojournalists graduate from our program as well. Explore a few of their stories below.

Apply Now

Applications are open now! The early-bird application deadline for the 2023 cohort is December 6. Scholarship applicants should consider applying by January 1 to ensure an admission decision before the February 15 UO scholarship deadline.

Questions? Reach out to us at sojcmasters@uoregon.edu.

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.

See a Sample Class Schedule

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Attend a Virtual Info Session

There’s a lot to learn before you commit to a graduate program, and we know you have questions. Sign up for a virtual info session to talk to the program director and learn about:

  • The program’s structure and timeline
  • What you can expect from courses and class projects
  • The faculty you’ll be working with

Sign Up Now

If you would like to visit the SOJC Portland campus and Oregon Reality Lab, email sojcmasters@uoregon.edu to schedule a visit.

a student with an outstretched hand pilots a drone, which appears to be hovering above their hand. They are standing outside in front of lush green foliage.
SOJC Journalism Majors: Get a Jump Start on Your Master’s Degree

Attention, SOJC journalism students! Now you can earn a master’s degree within a year of completing your bachelor’s degree in journalism at the SOJC!  With our one-year accelerated Multimedia Journalism Master’s program based at SOJC Portland, you’ll learn all the storytelling and technical skills you need to stand out in the field, from immersive media and virtual reality to podcasting, explanatory storytelling, drone journalism, and 360 video.

Contact the Program Director for More Info

Maia Laperle poses in front of a glacier in Alaska
Use Your Skills to Make a Difference

With a background in fine arts and education, Multimedia Journalism Master’s program alum Maia Laperle ’21 applies a fresh lens to keeping communities informed. Laperle is a reporter, moderator, and lead podcast producer at Spaceship Media, a national news organization with a unique community engagement model.

Explore Laperle’s Work

Maia Laperle poses in front of a glacier in Alaska
Use Your Skills to Make a Difference

With a background in fine arts and education, Multimedia Journalism Master’s program alum Maia Laperle ’21 applies a fresh lens to keeping communities informed. Laperle is a reporter, moderator, and lead podcast producer at Spaceship Media, a national news organization with a unique community engagement model.

Explore Laperle’s Work

Student Work In Action: Telling the Untold Stories

Thelma Johnson Streat was a Pacific Northwest artist who dedicated her life to using the power of art to educate, inspire, and fight prejudice in mid-20th-century America. Her groundbreaking artistic style gained critical acclaim around the world, but today she remains widely underrecognized for her accomplishments.

Emily Hamilton ’21 earned the 2021 Outstanding Multimedia Journalism Project award for documenting Streat’s little-known story with her inspiring short film, How to Fight Prejudice with a Paintbrush.

See More Student Work

Whitney Gomes smiles while standing on a bridge in a forest
Elevating Social Causes with Drone Cinematography

Whitney Gomes has dual Duck degrees: She earned her bachelor’s in journalism ’13 and her master’s in multimedia journalism ’18 from the SOJC. Gomes is now a drone cinematography instructor at SOJC Portland and works full-time for The AV Department, a Portland-based audiovisual and media production company, where she specializes in helping nonprofit organizations tell their stories. She is driven by her intertwined passions for connecting authentically and advocating for human rights.

Learn More about Whitney's Work

Whitney Gomes smiles while standing on a bridge in a forest
Elevating Social Causes with Drone Cinematography

Whitney Gomes has dual Duck degrees: She earned her bachelor’s in journalism ’13 and her master’s in multimedia journalism ’18 from the SOJC. Gomes is now a drone cinematography instructor at SOJC Portland and works full-time for The AV Department, a Portland-based audiovisual and media production company, where she specializes in helping nonprofit organizations tell their stories. She is driven by her intertwined passions for connecting authentically and advocating for human rights.

Learn More about Whitney's Work

 
Immerse Yourself at the Oregon Reality (OR) Lab

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 experiences the world, multimedia journalism master’s students are re-imagining the possibilities of storytelling.

Explore the OR Lab

a student uses VR technology in the OR Lab
Immerse Yourself at the Oregon Reality (OR) Lab

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 experiences the world, multimedia journalism master’s students are re-imagining the possibilities of storytelling.

Explore the OR Lab

Brent Walth
Meet Brent Walth
Journalism Assistant Professor, Pulitzer Prize Winner
Co-Director, Catalyst Journalism Program and Co-Coordinator, Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism

Brent Walth ’84 has come full circle. The son of teachers, Walth is an assistant professor at his alma mater. With over 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor—including sharing a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service—Walth now teaches investigative reporting to budding journalists.

“I always felt like journalism was a form of teaching. You immerse yourself and attempt to become an expert in the thing you're trying to communicate,” Walth said. “Then you have to figure out a way to explain it, break it down, and communicate it in a way that encourages people to see the world differently. Not any particular way, but just in a new, enhanced way.”

Learn about Brent’s Career

Allyson Woodard
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

Read about Allyson's Job

Your Investment

Tuition for our flexible master’s program is tied to the number of terms you complete and varies based on the pace you choose. For a customized estimate of tuition and other costs of graduate school, use the UO graduate costs calculator.

$35,000+
Oregon Residents
$47,000+
Nonresident and International

This program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill. Check with your employer to see if they have a tuition-matching or reimbursement program.

 
Study in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest

We’re excited to offer classes at our new location in the Concordia neighborhood in Northeast Portland starting in fall 2023. But you can choose the course modalities that work best for you, whether that’s 100% virtual or hybrid classes, night and weekend courses in person, or an accelerated pace to shorten your time to a degree. In addition to our library, classrooms, meeting spaces, and studios, SOJC Portland is also home to state-of-the-art multimedia equipment—available for student checkout—and the Oregon Reality immersive experience lab.