Arts, Style and Culture Journalism Curriculum

Working closely with two advisers, the program director and a faculty member specializing in a key area of arts and culture, you identify your educational goals and shape your own curriculum of journalism, communications and arts courses.

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Goldring Arts, Style and Culture Journalism Master’s Schedule

Total credits: 36

Summer Session II – 7 credits (July)

AJC 602Arts & Style Reporting
Research skills, assessment of information, interviewing, economics of nonprofits, interpreting data. Issues such as copyright, public art policy, the arts and urban redevelopment. Introduction to local style and culture scene.
3 credits
MND 602Journalism Ethics & Diversity
Key ethical and diversity issues confronting journalists on all media platforms: digital, magazine, news, and social media. Evaluation of journalism standards and practices, especially when interests of audiences and revenue conflict. Case studies and media criticism.
1 credit
MND 605News Writing and Reporting*
Gather news and information for storytelling on multiple platforms: reporting, writing for print, introduction to taking photos, shooting video, capturing audio, using social media. Learn traditions, responsibilities of a free press, ethics, plagiarism, libel.
3 credit

Fall Semester – 13 credits

AJC 611Literature of Arts Journalism
Reading, analyzing and discussing examples of arts journalism. Includes architecture, film, fashion, music, theater, pop culture, TV, food, visual arts, and more. Emphasis on contemporary forms.
3 credits
AJC 615Goldring Colloquium I
Readings and discussions of news and current issues in the arts. Cross-discipline presentations by scholars and artists. Skill seminars in online writing and branding.
1 credit
COM 697
Advertising & Public Relations Law
Students will learn the fundamental cases and laws that apply to the advertising and public relations fields.  Topics include First Amendment, corporate speech, intellectual property, defamation and advertising regulation.
Media Law
Problems in media law, including libel, privacy, fair trial/free press, obscenity.
1 credit
COM 698Media Law
Problems in media law, including libel, privacy, fair trial/free press, obscenity.
3 credits
Electives in the Arts and Newhouse Courses**6 credits

Benchmark Trip – 0 credits

NYC Immersion
During the winter break, students can attend an arts-immersion trip to New York City, which includes attendance at theater and music performances, film screenings, museum and gallery tours, restaurants, architectural site visits, symposia, and lectures; encounters with artists and administrators at major arts institutions; and writing workshops with arts and style editors and writers. 
0 credits

Spring Semester – 10 credits

AJC 606Feature and Critical Writing
Writing intensive with focus on news judgment, story-telling and fluency in forms of arts, style and culture journalism. Professional publication expected. Encompassing all forms of culture.
3 credits
AJC 616Goldring Colloquium ll
Readings and discussions of news and current issues in the arts. Cross-discipline presentations by scholars and artists. Skill seminars in preparing story pitches and working with editors.
1 credits
AJC 636
Journalism Practicum
Journalism experiences in professional settings under guidance of site supervisor and faculty. Regular class meetings. Weekly reflections and final project in addition to internship responsibilities. Additional work required of graduate students.
Culture Media Practicum***
Required to support and provide learning context for internship at media or nonprofit arts institution. Professional ethics and workplace protocols. Career development.
3 credits
Electives in the Arts and Newhouse Courses**3 credits

Summer Session I – 6 credits

AJC 631Capstone Arts & Style Writing Workshop
Capstone experience for graduate Arts, Style and Culture Journalism majors. Students will research, write, and revise substantive works of arts and style journalism in workshop environment.
6 credits

* Students with substantial journalism background may petition to substitute a suitable elective.

** Additional graduate courses in architecture, film, fashion, fine arts, music, food or theater, as well as any Newhouse course.

***AJC 636 can be repeated once. Students who wish to take this class as an elective in the fall semester in addition to the required spring section, may do so with permission of their advisor.