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Curriculum

The MSJ Social Justice and Investigative Reporting curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge in reporting on social justice issues and conducting investigative reporting. You’ll also have an opportunity to take a few additional elective courses that match your interests and career goals.

In addition to coursework, the MSJ program offers a variety of experiences that enable you to travel to different cities and countries, gain additional skills, meet alumni and industry professionals, and plan for post-graduation.

Course Overview

Core courses

Journalism Methods

Frameworks for Modern Journalism

Ethics and Law

Foundations of Interactive Journalism

Foundations of Video Journalism

Specialization-specific courses

  • Social Justice Seminar
  • Advanced Social Justice Reporting
  • Medill Justice Project

Sample elective courses

View sample elective courses on our MSJ curriculum page.

Quarter Overview

Quarter 1

  • Take core MSJ courses.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 2

  • Take a core MSJ course, a specialization-specific course and an elective course.
  • Travel domestically or internationally with students in your specialization through Medill Explores to learn about social justice reporting in other geographies. [Note: If you start in summer, Medill Explores will be in Quarter 3. If you start in the fall, Medil Explores will be in Quarter 2.]
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 3

  • Take specialization-specific courses and elective courses.
  • Travel domestically or internationally with students in your specialization through Medill Explores to learn about social justice reporting in other geographies. [Note: If you start in summer, Medill Explores will be in Quarter 3. If you start in the fall, Medil Explores will be in Quarter 2.]
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.
  • Engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Quarter 4

In Evanston/Chicago or Washington, D.C.

  • Complete a practicum or Master's Project or take elective courses. You may choose to complete your thesis project with the Medill Justice Project. You may also complete your thesis project at Medill's Washington, D.C. campus, where you will practice reporting in Washington with a focus on social justice issues.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.

Optional Quarter 5

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