Multimedia journalism education in U.S.: The accelerating trend

An increasing number of U.S. journalism schools and programs are revamping their curriculum in reaction to changes in the industry. I see this trend while compiling the list of multimedia journalism degree programs in U.S. and Canada.

Here’s a list of some new or revamped journalism programs to be launched in fall 2012:

  • University of Kansas journalism school is implementing a new curriculum; among other changes, “Visual Storytelling” is now a required course – it has been an elective in the past.
  • Washing State University will converge the former Broadcasting, Broadcasting Production and Journalism sequences into a new, unified Journalism & Media Production sequence.
  • University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism will launch a new curriculum; they are “eliminating the old walls between print, magazine, photojournalism, multimedia and broadcast.”
  • University of South Florida will offer a master’s program in Digital Journalism & Design.
  • University of Florida College of Journalism will offer a Professional Master of Arts in Mass Communication – Multimedia Journalism program.
  • University of Oregon will offer a master’s program in Multimedia Journalism.

In fall 2011, the Emerson College journalism department merged the previous print journalism and broadcast journalism to form a new journalism major, with a new curriculum. Also in fall 2011, the journalism program at University of Florida revamped its curriculum to better incorporate courses in new media.

I will continue to write a series of posts analyzing the curriculum of the journalism programs on the list – how they revamp the curriculum, what they offer, how they teach it, the emerging pattern in the “new” journalism curriculum, as well as the master’s programs.

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About Mu Lin

Dr. Mu Lin is a digital journalism professional and educator in New Jersey, United States. Dr. Lin manages an online marketing company. He also manages MulinBlog Online J-School (, a free online journalism training program, which offers courses such as Audio Slideshow Storytelling; Introduction to Social Media Marketing; Writing for the Web; Google Mapping for Communicators; Introduction to Data Visualization; Introduction to Web Metrics and Google Analytics.
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5 Responses to Multimedia journalism education in U.S.: The accelerating trend

  1. I really like your series of posts on journalism programs. How do you feel about Berkeley’s grad program?

  2. mulinblog says:

    Currently, grad programs in multimedia journalism usually have a heavy focus on skills courses – they tend to be designed for the working professionals hoping to catch up with industry trends and learn a skill set that was not in the curriculum when they were in college.
    UC Berkeley has a tradition of training working professionals through the Knight Digital Media Center, I believe their curriculum can and should draw resources from that successful training program.

  3. Chris Holt says:

    I am enrolled in the American University graduate program in Interactive Journalism, which seems to fit a lot of the criteria for a multimedia journalism program. It’s not on your list, and I’m just curious if it has something to do with the title, “interactive journalism?” Is the program poorly branded so you couldn’t find it in your searches, or do you see interactive journalism as distinct from multimedia? Your thoughts are appreciated – thanks!

    • mulinblog says:

      Thanks for the comments. My list is focused on undergraduate education in multimedia journalism, whereas the “Interactive Journalism” at American University is a master’s program. By the way, I checked the BA in Journalism at AU, and it would be a “partly integrated” program per my criteria.

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