Northeastern University’s School of Journalism has received a $250,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help launch a graduate program focused on media innovation.
Beginning in the fall, the school plans to enroll experienced media professionals who will devote much of their studies to nonjournalism subjects, such as computer science and game design. The unorthodox curriculum is a response to technological advances that have made skills like managing large data sets and creating interactive infographics as important to contemporary news reporting as writing and interviewing. Jeff Howe, assistant professor, created the program and will oversee the
“Today’s journalists must not only report and write the news, but also deliver stories in print and online, and supplement them with images, audio, and video,” said Xavier Costa, dean of Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media and Design.