Students take 36 to 44 points for the Master of Arts degree, depending on the concentration which has been chosen. Depending on the concentration chosen, up to 8 points of electives may be taken. Possible electives include any courses in the Institute (if prerequisites are met) or any graduate-level course in another department or school at NYU if approved by that department or school and by the Journalism Institute. Internships and Directed Reading are considered electives. Internships cannot be taken for credit until at least 20 points have been completed. Up to 12 points for a 36-point program may be transferred from another institution (if approved by the program director and the dean’s office).
Students choose one of the following eight concentrations.
Cultural Reporting and Criticism Concentration: Students in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism concentration are equipped with a broad background in cultural and social issues, as well as with the reportorial and analytical skills needed to write on the arts, popular culture, the media, human rights, political controversies, and social groups and milieus. The program teaches a wide array of types of writing, including the review, the critical essay, the longform reported piece, and the polemic. Nine courses, for a total of 36 points, are required. Almost all students complete at least one internship. The CRC concentration is deeply collaborative, and stresses close working relationships between professors and students and the creation of a supportive intellectual community. Required courses are: Cultural Conversation, JOUR-GA 1181, Critical Survey, JOUR-GA 1184, Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop I, JOUR-GA 1021, and one of the following: Topics in Cultural Journalism JOUR-GA 1281, The Journalistic Tradition, JOUR-GA 1023, Topics in Literary Journalism, JOUR-GA 1050, or Topics in Cultural Journalism, JOUR-GA 1281. Recommended capstone courses for this concentration are Cataclysm and Commitment, JOUR-GA 2081; The Longform Essay, JOUR-GA 2056; The Critical Profile, JOUR-GA 2057; or Advanced Critical Essay, JOUR-GA 2058 but students may enroll in a different capstone course with permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. In any of these courses, students will complete a deeply-researched work of critical journalism of at least 3,000 words in length.
Podcasting and Audio Reportage Concentration: In the past twenty years, audio reportage has experienced unprecedented creative and economic growth. As a result we have developed this concentration as part of the Institute’s academic response to radical changes occurring in the field of journalism. The Podcasting and Audio Reportage concentration requires 36 points. Required courses are: Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop I, JOUR-GA 1021, Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop II, JOUR-GA 1022, Foundations of Audio Nonfiction, JOUR-GA 1310, Ethics, JOUR-GA 13, Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations JOUR-GA 1300, Introduction to Sound Design JOUR-GA 1301, and a capstone course, either Podcast Lab, JOUR-GA 1330, or Non-Narrated and Archival Audio Documentary JOUR-GA 1320.
News and Documentary Concentration: Students in the News and Documentary concentration are educated in reporting and producing short-form and long-form journalism for traditional and nontraditional media. From the first class, News and Documentary students are immersed in shooting, editing and learning to report with pictures and sound as well as words. They learn form, structure, and storytelling by working in the field with a partner and, eventually, by themselves. The Reporting I course begins with the basics of short-form stories covering an ethnic neighborhood in New York. Students then move on to magazine length stories that air on NYC/TV and finally a 30-minute documentary that they shoot over the summer and edit in Advanced TV. Required courses include: Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop I, JOUR-GA 1021, Television Reporting I, JOUR-GA 1040, Television Reporting II, JOUR-GA 1272, Media Ethics and Law, JOUR-GA 0013, and Advanced TV Reporting, JOUR-GA 1175. The remaining two courses may be an internship and/or electives totaling 36 credits for the M.A. degree. The capstone project for the News and Documentary Concentration is a 30-minute documentary that the student generally shoots over the summer after the first year and then edits as part of the Advanced TV Reporting, JOUR-GA 1175, course. The student may substitute a different capstone course with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.
Studio 20: Digital First Concentration: Studio 20 Digital First concentration emphasizes project-based learning with a focus on innovation and adapting journalism to the web. Students, faculty and visiting talent work on editorial and web development projects together, typically with media partners who themselves need to find new approaches or face problems in succeeding online. By participating in these projects and later running their own, students learn to grapple with all the factors that go into updating journalism for the web era. Studio classes provide a “hub” for organizing activity and a common space for inquiry and reflection around the program’s various projects. Students are expected to be flexible and curious, generous in sharing skills, eager to pick up new knowledge and willing to adapt to what the project—and its deadlines—demand. The program requires three semesters of study, with opportunities over the summer to take an internship or job in the field. All Studio 20 students must complete 9 courses (36 points). Required courses are: Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop I and II, JOUR-GA 1021, 1022, Digital Thinking, JOUR-GA 1012, Studio 1, JOUR-GA 1042, Studio 2, JOUR-GA 1043, and Studio 3, JOUR-GA 2044. Capstone project is completed as part of the Studio 3, JOUR-GA 2044, course. As the culmination of this course, students will complete a substantial work of quality journalism or journalistic criticism made for the web or a demonstration project that shows substantial innovation in web based journalism. This project must have a media partner that will use or carry the final work and collaborate in its production, setting constraints and distributing the work.
Magazine and Digital Storytelling Concentration: The Magazine concentration is premised on the belief that mastering the traditional skills required to produce great journalism will remain essential in a constantly evolving media culture. We offer a wealth of reporting and writing classes and the program also enthusiastically embraces new technologies, with an emphasis on story-telling through video and photography. Magazine students try their hands at every type of journalism – deadline driven hard news stories, profiles, in-depth features, personal essays, opinion articles, critical reviews, and reader-service pieces. The magazine concentration requires students to take nine courses (36 points) over the course of three semesters. Required courses are: Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop I and II, JOUR-GA 1021, 1022, Press Ethics, JOUR-GA 12, Digital Magazine, JOUR-GA 1090, and one reporting elective. The capstone requirement is a substantial, publishable work of deeply-reported journalism at least 3,000 words long. This requirement is completed while taking one of the following capstone courses: Reporting the Arts, JOUR-GA 2034; Journalistic Tradition, JOUR-GA 1023; Investigative Reporting, JOUR-GA 331; Critical Profie, JOUR-GA 2057; Food Writing, JOUR-GA 1231; or another capstone course designated by the DGS.
Reporting the Nation and New York Concentration: Reporting the Nation and New York concentration prepares students to cover issues that concern the American people as a whole. New York City presents a particularly compelling place to offer such a specialization. Many of the great issues that concern and divide Americans can be found in the city and its environs. Each semester includes an intensive series of writing and reporting courses and journalistic seminars as well as an interdisciplinary course that students choose from an approved list meant to provide them with a deeper understanding of significant national issues. There is also a multi-platform reporting trip to an underserved community every fall. Multimedia production is also a strong component of this program and students create content for the concentrations award winning website pavementpieces.com. An internship with a city publication or broadcast outlet takes place between the second and third semesters. This is a 37-credit concentration with a total of 10 courses leading towards an M.A. Required courses are: Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop I and II, JOUR-GA 1021,1022, Press Ethics, JOUR-GA 12, Investigative Reporting, JOUR-GA 331, and Fieldwork in Journalism, JOUR-GA 1290. Capstone project is completed as part of the Investigative Reporting, JOUR-GA 331, course. As the culmination of this course, the student will complete a significantly reported piece of approximately 3,000 words.
Business and Economic Reporting (BER) Concentration: Business and Economic Reporting concentration requires 44 points over three semesters and an intervening summer. The curriculum is split between courses in the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and courses at NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Required courses in Journalism are: Writing, Research, and Reporting Workshop 1, JOUR-GA 1021, Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop II, JOUR-GA 1022, First Amendment Law, JOUR-GA 11, Investigative Reporting, JOUR-GA 331and Fieldwork in Journalism, JOUR-GA 1290, for 2 points (can be split into two 1 point internships) and Longform Narrative, JOUR-GA 2046. Required courses at the Stern School of Business are: Foundations of Finance COR1-GB 2311, Financial Accounting and Reporting COR1-GB 1306; Firms and Markets COR1-GB 1303; and the Global Economy COR1-GB 2303, and two courses with approval of the BER director. The capstone course for this concentration is Longform Narrative, JOUR-GA 2046. In this course, students produce a 3,000-word-long feature article of publishable quality.
Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) Concentration: Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) concentration at NYU is an 11-course, 44-credit program, including ten required courses and one elective. A key focus is on writing features and news on science topics for magazines and the web, but students also practice all forms of modern journalism, from books and long-form narratives to video production, blogs and social media. Required courses are: Writing, Research and Reporting Workshop I and II, JOUR-GA 1021, 1022, Current Topics in Science, Health and Environmental Journalism, JOUR-GA 1017, Investigative Science Journalism, JOUR-GA 1189, Environmental Reporting, JOUR-GA 1188, Press Ethics, JOUR-GA 12, Fieldwork in Journalism, JOUR-GA 1290, Medical Reporting, JOUR-GA 1187, and Science Writing, JOUR-GA 1180. The capstone course for this concentration is Science Writing, JOUR-GA 1180. In this course, students produce a 3,500-word-long feature article of publishable quality.