The Professional Concentration curriculum balances basic news courses tailored for the digital world with preparation to enter the job market.
Our graduate students have an opportunity to learn journalism theory and skills from faculty who have long careers as journalists in print, broadcast and online news venues. Many of our master’s degree students graduate with published articles from leading print and online news organizations.
Students who pursue the Professional concentration come from a variety of backgrounds. Some have no experience; others have some experience, but want to refine their skills or enter teaching. Those with little or no media experience can begin the program with an intensive three-week skills course.
As an international leader in cooperative education, Northeastern offers a unique option for its master’s degree students who want pursue a career in the news media.
Full-time students can complement their academic study with a six-month job assignment as a reporter or editor at a media organization. Co-op is not a requirement, and students who choose it generally take an additional six months to graduate.
Full-time students should plan to finish the program in a year-and-a-half to two years, depending on the number of courses they take each semester. Full-time students can finish the program in one year, however, limited courses are offered during the two summer semesters. Student’s opting to finish in a year might need to take directed studies and internships in order to finish in a year. Part-time students can take one or two courses each semester and complete the program in two or three years.
The Professional concentration curriculum consists of nine courses plus a one-credit Intensive Reporting class for students who have no reporting experience.
Required courses include:
- Fundamentals of Digital Journalism
- Enterprise Reporting 1 (fall semester)
- Enterprise Reporting 2 (spring semester)
- Perspectives on Journalism and Professional Ethics (summer semester)
Students must take one practicum course and four electives, and can take one elective outside the School of Journalism. Students need nine courses, 36 credits, and a grade point average of 3.0 to meet graduation requirements.
As part of Professor Dan Kennedy’s Foundations of Digital Journalism graduate class, students created a Google Map with links to their favorite restaurants, complete with reviews and photos.
On Sept. 7, Kelsey Luing, graduate student, posted an exclusive investigative story on questions surrounding the death of Brianna L. Erickson, a 22-year-old woman who died in jail and was a central witness in a murder case. Erickson was scheduled to testify against Eric Barnes, 29, who was charged with first-degree murder of Brousseau Normil, 20, during an armed robbery in March 2013. The charges against Barnes were dropped after Erickson’s death. Erickson’s family and friends are questioning her death.
Most graduate students are only here for a year to a year-and-a-half, so they need to take advantage of every opportunity to report and engage in multimedia journalism. Audrey Adam, a new grad student, did just that when she volunteered to cover the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOR) on October 18 and 19. Adam teamed with undergrad student Emily Huizenga to report and shoot video of The Head of the Charles Regatta gala to celebrate the event’s 50th anniversary, held at Buckingham Browne and Nichols gymnasium. The reporting team was organized and directed by journalism Prof. Chuck Fountain.
Interested in Co-op?
Graduate students interested in going on co-op should contact Kellianne Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Although co-op extends your graduation, it is often a valuable experience for graduate students. Graduate students must be enrolled in the program and cannot go on co-op post graduation.