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Curriculum

The MSJ Sports Media curriculum provides you with a solid foundation in the principles of modern journalism as well as in-depth subject area knowledge in reporting on sports. 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.

Summer Start Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 (summer)

Quarter 2 (fall)

  • Take a core MSJ course:
  • Take MSJ courses:
    • News Reporting
    • Context Course
      • Framed: Media and the Marginalized, or
      • The Permanent Campaign: Politics and Social Policy
  • Take specialization-specific course:
    • Sports Seminar
  • Attend various sporting events to get a behind-the-scenes look at sports reporting.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 3 (winter)

  • Take a specialization-specific course:
    • Advanced Sports Reporting
  • Take Medill Explores seminar:
    • Travel domestically or internationally with students in your specialization to learn about sports reporting in other geographies.
  • Take an elective course:
  • Attend various sporting events to report live on game day.
  • Engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 4 (spring)

  • Complete a practicum or Master's Project or take elective courses. You may choose to compete your quarter at Medill's Washington, D.C., campus, where you will focus on sports reporting.
  • Take an elective course:
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Optional Quarter 5 (summer)

Fall Start Quarter Overview

Quarter 1 (fall)

Quarter 2 (winter)

  • Take a core MSJ course:
  • Take MSJ courses:
    • News Reporting
    • Context Course
      • How 21st Century Media Work, or
      • The Journalist Abroad: Legal Risks and Dilemmas, or
      • The Vote: Rigging Elections, Stacking the Deck, Subverting American Democracy and Defying Demographics
  • Take Medill Explores seminar:
    • Travel domestically or internationally with students in your specialization to learn about sports reporting in other geographies.
  • Attend various sporting events to get a behind-the-scenes look at sports reporting.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 3 (spring)

  • Take a specialization-specific courses:
    • Advanced Sports Reporting
    • Sports Commentary
  • Take an elective course:
  • Attend various sporting events to report live on game day.
  • Engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Quarter 4 (summer)

  • Complete a practicum or Master's Project or take elective courses. You may choose to compete your quarter at Medill's Washington, D.C., campus, where you will focus on sports reporting.
  • Take an elective course:
  • Continue to engage with Medill Career Services and faculty on professional goal setting and planning for post-graduation.
  • Participate in Medill Fridays events, including speakers, interactive workshops, career-preparation seminars and community-building activities.

Optional Quarter 5 (fall)

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