It’s a kickass time to be a jour­nalist right now.”

And Jeff Howe, an assis­tant pro­fessor of jour­nalism at North­eastern, wants to prove it, with the help of a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foun­da­tion and a new media inno­va­tion grad­uate pro­gram at the University.

The track, announced Tuesday, will go toward tai­loring the Master’s of Arts in jour­nalism, and is designed to help mid-​​career jour­nal­ists develop skills capable of meeting the demands of the 21st-​​century dig­ital news­room, such as coding, infor­ma­tion visu­al­iza­tion, videog­raphy, data­base man­age­ment and game design. Howe described the pro­gram as “util­i­tarian” — one where any dis­sat­is­fied jour­nalist could come and take up new skills to advance their career.

Howe, a vet­eran of the industry whose work has been pub­lished in The New Yorker, Wired, TIME and the New York Times, will serve as director of the Media Inno­va­tion Pro­gram. The cur­riculum will span three semes­ters, and force stu­dents to come in with a spe­cific project or skill they want to obtain in mind.

Read the article at BostInno →