About ComJ

The University of Alabama’s Master’s Program in Community Journalism, or “ComJ,” encourages students to explore new ways to serve communities through the evolving practices of journalism, and to think critically about the role news plays in community.

Students in the ComJ program develop writing and visual journalism skills, learn skills in digital media, produce and test prototypes for news innovations, and intern in a professional newsroom — all in one year.

ComJ Students take two semesters of coursework at the UA campus in Tuscaloosa. Then they immerse themselves in a May-through-July professional journalism experience at either:
* The Anniston Star, one of the nation’s best small newspapers.
* The Digital Media Center at the University of Alabama, which includes WVUA-23 news and Alabama Public Radio.

The ComJ program serves recent BA recipients in journalism or other fields, as well as professionals seeking to deepen and expand their knowledge.

The program has an impressive record of job placements. In the first three years of the ComJ program, more than 80 percent of our graduates were working full time in journalism or were furthering their education within six months of graduation. This rate is significantly higher than the national average over the same period, according to the Annual Surveys of Journalism and Mass Communication Graduates.

For more information about admissions into and financial support for ComJ, visit the Department of Journalism’s ComJ page.

About ComJ

The University of Alabama’s one-year Master’s Program in Community Journalism, or ComJ, encourages students to think critically about the role news plays in community and to explore new ways to serve communities through the evolving practices of journalism.

Read more about the ComJ program.

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