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.

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.

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