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.
- Post #1: The accelerating trend
- Post #2: Examining journalism programs in New Jersey
- Post #3: What indeed is a multimedia journalism program?
- Post #4: What is a multimedia journalism course?
- Post #5: How to teach multimedia journalism? An analysis of 30 syllabi
- Post #6: Differences between a “silo” program and a fully integrated program (to be posted)
- Post #7: How do they teach social media journalism: An analysis of sample syllabi (to be posted)
- Post #8: Master’s programs: conventional vs. multimedia (to be posted)
- Post #9: Visual communication vs. multimedia journalism (to be posted)
- Post #10: …… (topic to be decided; suggestions welcomed)
Mu Lin, Ph.D.
Department of Communication
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, New Jersey