Multimedia Journalism Degree Programs

The first and only of its kind, this (ongoing) project documents the emerging – and growing – multimedia or digital journalism education in U.S. and Canada.

Created March 22, 2012. Last updated May 31, with 52 programs. You may also want to follow the series of articles I write analyzing multimedia journalism education in U.S. Please find the posts underneath the map.

How I located these multimedia journalism programs

The first batch of multimedia journalism programs were identified via online searches and word-of-mouth referrals. The second batch of program is being identified in an ongoing examination of 483 journalism programs in the “2010 Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Enrollments” published by Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (winter 2011).

Please check back for periodical updates on the map – examining the 483 journalism programs will be an ongoing project for my summer break.

Note that master’s programs in multimedia journalism are compiled in a separate map.

How I define a multimedia journalism program

Depending on how an undergraduate program integrates multimedia journalism into its curriculum, each program is put into one of the following four categories:

  • Fully integrated: All students must take dedicated courses in multimedia or multiplatform reporting, production and/or dissemination, along with reporting and production courses for traditional print and broadcast platforms.
  • Partly integrated: All students must take dedicated courses in multimedia or multiplatform reporting, production and/or dissemination, and choose a concentration or multiple courses that focus on a specific print or broadcast platform.
  • Silo: Students choose a concentration or track that is focused on multimedia or multiplatform reporting, production and/or dissemination. Separate tracks exist for other platforms such as broadcast or print.
  • Electives only: Students may choose dedicated courses in multimedia or multiplatform reporting, production and/or dissemination, but they are not required. (This category is not plotted on the map)

Each category is indicated with a color marker on the map. The legend is as follows:

Click “View Larger Map” if you want to view the larger version as well as a program list with descriptions of each program.

Analyzing multimedia journalism education in U.S.

Mu Lin, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, New Jersey

3 Responses to Multimedia Journalism Degree Programs

  1. This is great! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s quite timely as I’m about to begin work on creating what I’m calling a “pipeline” to diversity within public media. One of the questions we discussed as we wrote the proposal was “Why aren’t students of color being hired by media entities?” We wanted to dig down and look at what programs exist at the college level that are focused on developing young people into today and tomorrow’s forward thinking journalists as well as giving them the hands-on professional development needed to get hired. We’re thinking that in order to create a pipeline, we need to connect colleges and universities with public media outlets that are federally mandated to “make every effort” to “serve the underserved.” This means becoming fixtures in their communities and broaden their reach through programming and staffing. Thanks again for publishing your work. It’s already been quite useful. I’ll offer to assist you as well if you need it.

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  3. Brian says:

    This is really helpful for aspiring journalists. Here is the course syllabi for California State University, Northridge, my soon-to-be alma matter. Most, if not all, classes encourage multimedia production at some sort of level. Professor Bluestein teaches New Media Journalism, Professor Lalum conducts the newspaper practicum course that unveils new platforms to students and Professor Retis and Rojo teach in the Spanish-language journalism department. Most of the Spanish-language journalism courses (a minor) are fully multimedia integrated classes– audio, visual, video and writing. Here is some of my multimedia work while at Northridge


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