Graduate Specialty Areas
You have the option to specialize in digital journalism, global journalism, or science and environmental journalism. The specialization is noted on your diploma and transcript!
Changes in digital journalism technologies and communication tools have presented journalists and news organizations with a variety of challenges and opportunities. Demands on today’s journalists require advanced storytelling skills that include expertise in visual story gathering and production, the incorporation of social media, data mining, and app and web design to compete in a modern media environment. To meet these complex challenges, the School of Journalism provides students with the opportunity to advance their digital storytelling skills through courses in advanced multimedia and photojournalism, mobile app development, media entrepreneurship, digital communications law and data mining.
Our study abroad program in Italy provides students with an opportunity to advance their visual storytelling skills in an international setting.
The Digital Journalism specialty requires 9 credit hours. In addition to the core journalism courses, you must take at least three of the courses listed below:
- JOUR 520: Digital Communication Law
- JOUR 528: Entrepreneurial Journalism
- JOUR 533: Digging with Data
- JOUR 547: Art of Access: Info Sleuthing
- JOUR 580: Advanced Multimedia
- JOUR 582: Drone Zone
- JOUR 584: Mobile App Development
- JOUR 593: Internship specializing in digital storytelling
- JOUR 597B: Advanced Photojournalism in Italy
- One digital storytelling course outside of Journalism
Democratic societies and the news media are struggling with questions arising from the global information environment. Journalists who understand the factors that shape the collection, evaluation and dissemination of information in the United States and other nations are of crucial importance. The UA School of Journalism provides exciting opportunities for students in global journalism through extensive faculty experience in foreign reporting, the school’s proximity to Mexico, study abroad opportunities in Italy and Costa Rica, and collaborations with international programs at the University of Arizona. Faculty members have decades of experience reporting from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Students develop skills and knowledge that will set them apart from their peers.
The Global Journalism specialty requires 9 credit hours in addition to the core journalism courses. Students must take at least three of the courses listed below:
- JOUR 502: Media and Terrorism
- JOUR 526: Reporting the Middle East
- JOUR 573: Reporting the U.S./Mexico Border
- JOUR 596F: Media Coverage of International Crises
- JOUR 596L: U.S. Press and Latin America
- JOUR 597C: Reporting the World
- JOUR 593: Internship specializing in global journalism
- Study Abroad in Costa Rica, Italy or another country
- One international class outside of Journalism
Science and Environmental Journalism
Genetically modified foods … climate change … vaccines … stem cell research … evolution. Americans persistently misunderstand, misrepresent or disregard the science behind these hot-button issues and others. Courses in the Science and Environmental Journalism specialty introduce students to the professional, legal and ethical factors that affect journalists as they cover science and the environment. Students write stories, shoot photographs and produce infographics that illuminate the wonders and complexities of science and environmental discoveries, issues and the people behind them. The School of Journalism provides many opportunities for students through extensive faculty experience, a wide range of experts at the University of Arizona and study abroad in Costa Rica. Students develop skills and knowledge that will set them apart from their peers.
The Science and Environmental Journalism specialty requires 9 credit hours. Students must take at least three of the courses listed below, in addition to the core journalism classes:
- JOUR 555: Environmental Journalism (also offered in Costa Rica in summer)
- JOUR 565: Issues in Covering Science and the Environment
- JOUR 572: Science Journalism
- JOUR 593: Internship specializing in science or environmental journalism
- One science/environmental class outside of the UA School of Journalism, such as HIST 543 Environmental History of the Middle East