The goal of the Graduate School of Journalism is to produce professional journalists who move on to positions of leadership and influence in American journalism. The Master of Journalism (MJ) program provides intensive training in journalism skills and a knowledge of the traditions and principles of the field. A professional project is required to complete the two-year program. The program is rooted in the idea that the best possible preparation for careers in journalism is a sound liberal arts education followed by training in journalism at the graduate level. Concurrent degree programs with Law, Asian Studies, International and Area Studies, Latin American Studies, and Public Health are available.
The school offers courses in print, broadcasting, documentary film, radio, television, multimedia, and photojournalism. All students must take a focused and demanding core course that stresses reporting and writing skills. This is because members of the faculty believe that the best way to train students for careers in journalism is to place them under the supervision and guidance of seasoned journalists in small classes; give them instruction in the skills and attitudes of the craft; and introduce them to intensive practice in reporting, writing, and editing. Professors give exhaustive critiques of students' work. Students are also required to take Journalism Law and Ethics and to complete a summer internship at a media outlet.
Beyond the core course, there are courses in specific areas such as political, business, environmental, community, science, international, and cultural reporting. There are also courses that focus on different techniques such as investigative reporting and magazine reporting. The curriculum also includes courses in copyediting and photography, as well as a sequence of courses in television and radio reporting.
Another group of courses is intended to increase understanding and practice of multimedia reporting. A host of web skills and software classes are offered to give student expert level training with these tools.
Applicants for graduate study should hold a bachelor's degree comparable to that given by the University of California. Requirements and procedures are outlined in the Graduate Application for Admission and Fellowships brochure, available at the Office of the Dean of the Graduate Division, and in the Announcement of the Graduate School of Journalism. Complete admissions information is available on the Journalism website.
The Graduate School of Journalism also offers courses for undergraduates designed to give them insight into journalism.
Journalism: Summer Minor
Faculty and Instructors
+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Geeta Anand, Acting Professor. Investigative reporting, narrative non-fiction, healthcare, international reporting.
David Barstow, Professor. Reva and David Logan Distinguished Chair of Investigative Journalism.
Lowell Bergman, Professor Emeritus. National security, forensic science, terrorism, corporate crime, corruption, tobacco, Symposium in Investigative Reporting.
Andres Cediel, Professor. Immigration, documentary film, video, human rights, climate change, forensic science.
Lydia Chavez, Professor Emeritus. Jounalism, reporting, writing.
Elena Conis, Associate Professor. Science, health, environment, public health, medicine, history.
Mark D. Danner, Professor. Central America, politics, Balkans, foreign affairs, journalism, Haiti, documentaries.
William J. Drummond, Professor. Politics, journalism, reporting, national security, freelancing in both print and radio.
Richard Hernandez, Assistant Professor. Journalism, new media, Mobile, visual storytelling.
Ken Light, Adjunct Professor. Journalism, photojournalism, documentary photography.
Michael Pollan, Professor. Agriculture, environment, obesity, science, nutrition, journalism, food, cooking, gardening.
Edward Wasserman, Professor. Media ethics, economics and politics of news, professional standards, media history.
Thomas R. Burke, Lecturer.
Marilyn M. Chase, Lecturer.
Deirdre English, Lecturer.
Adam Hochschild, Lecturer.
Jennifer Kahn, Lecturer.
Carrie Lozano, Lecturer.
Thomas Peele, Lecturer.
Kara A. Platoni, Lecturer.
Jeremy Rue, Lecturer.
Zachary J. Stauffer, Lecturer.
Abbie Vansickle, Lecturer.
James R. Wheaton, Lecturer.
Samantha G. Wiesler, Lecturer.
Joan Bieder, Senior Lecturer SOE Emeritus. History of Jewish communities in South East Asia.
Robert Calo, Professor Emeritus. Journalism, cultural geography, social history, urban affairs, television news production.
Jon Else, Professor Emeritus. Directing, history, film, journalism, writing, documentary, producing, cinematography, nuclear weapons.
Timothy Ferris, Professor Emeritus.
Tom Goldstein, Professor Emeritus. Journalism, mass communications, writer, reporter, editor.
Cynthia Gorney, Professor Emeritus. Ethics, law, journalism, writing, reporting the news, profiles.
Neil Henry, Professor Emeritus. Race, Africa, urban society, journalism, newspapers, community reporting, journalistic values, foreign reporting, sports, fraud.
Thomas C. Leonard, Professor Emeritus. Journalism, the press, role of the press in society, journalists and historians, Americans, American history.
A. Kent Macdougall, Professor Emeritus.
Carolyn Wakeman, Professor Emeritus.
Graduate School of Journalism
121 North Gate Hall
Edward Wasserman, PhD
Graduate Student Adviser
123 North Gate Hall
Director of Admissions