Master of Journalism


Program Description

The Master of Journalism (MJ) is a one year, 30-credit program that uses Philadelphia as a laboratory. Coursework and reporting and editing projects focus on the problems and opportunities of urban life. Hands-on multimedia work is combined with the study of journalism’s evolving roles and practices. Students learn by experiencing what it’s like to work in today’s ever-changing media environment. In recognition of the exciting evolution underway in the news industry, the program is designed to help current and aspiring journalists develop into engaged and innovative professionals.

Temple University’s location in the fourth-largest media market in the United States, offers students access to a city ripe with innovation. Philadelphia is full of journalistic experiments, including startups and nonprofits that are rethinking metropolitan, niche, and ethnic media. The city’s daily newspapers are owned by a nonprofit organization, an experiment many hope will represent a path to sustainability for news organizations around the country. Students will interact with these organizations’ journalists and innovators. There may be opportunities to work for them through internships or after graduation.

The program also takes advantage of Philadelphia’s vibrant culture, a highly diverse population and significant challenges common to other cities, including educational equity, crime, development controversies, economic inequity, and race relations. Because they are ongoing, such issues are sometimes underreported in the city’s mainstream news media. The Urban Reporting Lab and the capstone reporting project create a forum for MJ students to tackle such problems in innovative ways as they pursue their graduate education and make a difference.

7 Temple Klein College alumni have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Typical Careers

Master of Journalism graduates are employed in a wide variety of media outlets, from online and print publications to radio and TV stations, as well as related organizations. Whether you want to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes, opportunities for today’s journalists include

  • anchor,
  • blogger,
  • broadcast journalist,
  • content creator,
  • copywriter,
  • data specialist,
  • editor,
  • educator,
  • magazine writer,
  • marketing writer,
  • media entrepreneur
  • news reporter,
  • on-air personality,
  • online reporter,
  • photojournalist,
  • producer,
  • reporter,
  • researcher,
  • sideline reporter,
  • social media specialist, and
  • videographer.

Target Employers

Situated in the media-rich job market of Philadelphia, Temple Klein College graduates have direct access to some of the largest and most well-respected media companies in the tri-state area, including ABC/WPVI, Billy Penn, CBS/KYW, Comcast, NBC/WCAU, Newsworks, NFL Films, PHL17, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia magazine, WHYY and many others.

Master of Journalism Classes

The Master of Journalism program is designed for students who want to work in today’s ever-evolving media environment. The program’s academic and professional course work emphasizes multimedia and multiplatform approach that’s grounded in solid editing, ethics, law, reporting, and writing.

The 11-month, 30-credit program is designed as a cohort experience encouraging students to work together and learn from one another as well as Master of Journalism faculty, local journalists and other innovators. This process begins with an intensive three-week preparatory course and ends with a capstone experience.

Plus One Option

Select students may pursue both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Journalism in five years through the Four Plus One Program. This program allows students with bachelor’s degrees outside Journalism to combine your undergraduate academic interests with our Journalism program, which will prepare you for a variety of careers, like academic, designer, editor, reporter, writer and any number of other positions in the media.

Sample Courses

  • Intro to Urban Journalism (3 credits)
  • Urban Reporting Lab 1 (6 credits)
  • Journalism Concepts (3 credits)
  • Editing the News (3 credits)
  • Urban Reporting Lab 2 (6 credits)
  • Journalism and the Public Interest (3 credits)
  • Elective (at least 3 credits)

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the master’s program, you’ll need to take a total of 30 credits while maintaining a 3.0 or higher overall GPA, and all course work must be completed within five years after your admission to the program. The Master of Journalism program culminates with a capstone experience in which students do their own independent reporting and editing projects with the goal of producing a journalistic masterwork.

Last updated November 2019

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