Program Overview

The University of Alabama’s Master’s Program in Community Journalism, otherwise known as 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.

Partnership with professional media

Students develop writing and visual journalism skills, learn skills in digital media, produce and test prototypes for news innovations, and intern in the newsroom of the acclaimed Anniston Star newspaper — all in one year. The program serves recent BA recipients in journalism or other fields, as well as professionals seeking to deepen and expand their knowledge.

Students take two semesters of coursework in the Department of Journalism and Creative Media at UA’s Tuscaloosa campus. They then immerse themselves in a three-month professional journalism experience at either:
* The Anniston Star, one of the nation’s best community newspapers.
* The University’s Digital Media Center inside Bryant-Denny stadium, with WVUA-23 news and Alabama Public Radio.

Impressive job placement

The program has an impressive record of job placements. In the first two years of this program, more than 85 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.

A career in community journalism

Most journalists work in community media, but most Americans think of journalism as national media, which they increasingly dislike. The profession needs more people who know and care about how communities work and why they sometimes fail.

Skillful, authoritative news coverage, an understanding of digital multimedia tools, and courageous, well-informed editorial leadership must be grounded in knowledge of local issues. That is what our one-year master’s program offers — a new way of developing journalism, journalism leadership and communities through a master’s degree program both at a major university and also with a great deal of practical experience.

ComJ may be your best chance to make a difference in journalism, in community life, and in your own career.

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.

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