The University of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism offers a two-year Master of Journalism degree. It also offers a summer minor in journalism to undergraduates and a journalism certificate option to non-UC Berkeley students. As with UC Berkeley’s general reputation for excellence, the J-school diploma also confers a great deal of prestige on its graduates.
The faculty are largely practicing journalists. Students learn by reporting and producing local news, features, and in-depth accounts with multimedia tools. Eventually, they go deeper into areas in which they choose to specialize.
The degree requires a two-year commitment to master the craft and fully engage in journalism. In this framework, students absorb and develop the skills of news storytelling formats. These include narrative writing, photography, radio/television broadcasting, online video production, multimedia storytelling, and data- and investigative-based journalism.
By the end of the second year students will have accrued a portfolio of news reportage. Students will join a community of alumni and mentors who can offer continuing guidance and employment opportunities.
Professors give thorough critiques of students’ work. Students also take a Journalism Law and Ethics course and complete a summer internship at an established media outlet.
The program offers political, business, environmental, community, science, international, and cultural reporting. Some courses focus on investigative and magazine reporting.
The school also offers undergraduates courses on the history of journalism.
History: UC Berkeley offered a journalism major beginning in 1937. The graduate program launched in 1968, during a tumultuous year of political unrest, violence and skepticism about the country’s leadership and institutions. Berkeley was the birthplace and epicenter of the Free Speech Movement—a catalyst for the decade’s student and civil rights upheavals.
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