The M.A. in Specialized Journalism is an intensive nine-and-a-half month program that allows a select group of students to gain the skills and knowledge needed to cover a topic in depth. Areas of focus include politics, education, health and environment, science, religion, arts and culture, entertainment, sports, business and economics, urban affairs, the law and other fields. Students emerge with the ability to produce high-level reporting on the topic of their choosing. The program focuses on helping students acquire the tools necessary to meet the demands of reporting for the digital age. Students produce intricate multimedia packages that push their work across different platforms and connect them with new audiences. They also learn the ins and outs of the media business, with a particular emphasis on new strategies for monetizing journalistic content.
Above all, the program emphasizes core journalistic values, ethics and solid writing skills. Students work closely with faculty to create a customized degree program that maximizes their opportunity to concentrate on a particular chosen subject area.