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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An award-winning photojournalist and multimedia producer for more than 20 years, Sung Park 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—and in his work with the Multimedia Journalism and Journalism master’s programs—Sung guides aspiring journalists to view the world through a new lens.
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 developerRead about Allyson's Job
The numbers below represent estimated tuition for a typical student in our 18-month Multimedia Journalism Master’s program. For a customized estimate, use the UO graduate costs calculator. These amounts are subject to change at the university’s discretion.
The Multimedia Journalism Master’s program is eligible for federal financial aid and the G.I. Bill.
Classes are held evenings and weekends on the iconic White Stag Block of Old Town Portland. 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 rental—and the Oregon Reality immersive experience lab.