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Advising & Curriculum Overview


Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. To learn more about the program, prospective students should contact the program director, Senior Lecturer Chris Harvey, via email: charvey@umd.edu.

  • The GC-Multimedia Journalism is a 12-credit, 4-course graduate program designed for professional communicators to learn the skills and concepts needed for digital storytelling across media platforms, particularly the Internet and mobile devices.  
  • Plan of study topics include Multimedia Journalism, Online Journalism, Mobile Journalism and New Media Entrepreneurship. 
  • Students learn to shoot and edit photos and video; create interactive, responsive web pages using html and css; report, write and upload stories from the field using mobile devices; and research and pitch ideas for new digital media businesses.

The program features both seminar-style, in-person instruction and online learning. Instruction is provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field. Classes are held Saturdays, both in-person and online.

In-Person Instruction

  • Classes are held at the UMD College Park campus, offering a focused, distraction-free learning environment. 
  • Classes meet in Knight Hall, a high-tech building that combines classrooms, multimedia labs, offices, and professional journalism centers in an inviting, open space.  

Online Instruction

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content.
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Students attend in real time via the use of webcams and headsets with microphones. Through synchronous participation, students see slides, see and hear instructors speaking, and also ask questions.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.

Upon successful completion, graduates will have mastered the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate facility with digital news and storytelling by using a variety of techniques, formats, and media platforms as appropriate.
  • Use to best advantage the news and storytelling technologies currently available for digital publishing—technologies that include but are not limited to the internet and an assortment of mobile devices.
  • Master basic skills needed to convey messages via digital video, audio, photography, blogging, mobile feeds, and interactive web editing and publishing.
  • Apply in all digital publishing the critical journalistic values of editorial, ethical, and legal care and excellence.
  • Demonstrate understanding of processes and conditions needed for successful communication with today’s multimedia consumers and audiences.
  • Articulate the need for constant education and re‐education in today’s changing media environment.
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