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MA in Journalism and Digital Storytelling

2012 graduates of American University School of Communication Interactive JOurnalism program jump for joy
“I came away from the IJ program feeling that I had a network of contacts, both from the faculty and my classmates,”
says Michael O’Connell, MA '12. Photo by Patricia Topliffe.

30 credits, 20 months, Saturdays



Why Apply for a Master's in Digital Storytelling?

  • Sharpen your writing, reporting and editing skills.
  • Learn to write effectively and compellingly for an on-line audience.
  • Learn how to design news web sites that leverage media elements to create maximum impact
  • Study the relationship of business, ethics and the law to on-line media.

Who should apply?

  • Traditional journalists who want to complement their skills with new technology.
  • Web professionals ready to embrace a new career challenge and leverage their technical skills to enter the communications world.
  • Those who believe real stories, well-told, can create change.

Benefits of the weekend program?

  • Earn your master's degree in 20 months without interrupting your career.
  • Stay with the same group of students (cohort), enhance your skills and develop your network.
  • No GRE required and a streamlined application process.
  • Gridiron Scholarship. Apply by July 1 for priority consideration. Completed applications submitted by August 15 receive priority consideration for University based merit funding.

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Journalism Pros Come Back to School to Upgrade Digital Skills

Michael O'Connell graduated the Interactive Journalism MA program in 2012. Photo by Deb Cobb

I have a completely different perspective on reporting and editing now,” says Michael O'Connell, MA '12.

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From Print Journalist to Multimedia Maven

Interactive Journalism program alum Heidi Glenn is a National Producer at NPR.

Read about Heidi Glenn's career track and current role with NPR in an article that ran in The Washington Post's Express paper.

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Life After IJ

Kathy Kiely

Since admitting its first cohort, the IJ program has graduated more than 167 web savvy media professionals who’ve gone on to successful careers.

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