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New in 2019-20: ComJ gains a broadcast focus

The Department of Journalism and Creative Media is expanding its Community Journalism master’s program with the addition of a broadcast focus.

Beginning in 2019-20, students will have a choice for the May-to-July internships that are a vital part of the one-year master’s program. They are:
* The Anniston Star, the award-winning newspaper where since 2005 more than 70 ComJ students have written stories, taken photos, shot and edited video, and produced social media .
* The Digital Media Center inside Bryant-Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama. Students can work with WVUA-23 news and with Alabama Public Radio.

All students take two semesters of scholarly and skills-focused courses in Tuscaloosa. While all students take skills-focused courses in reporting

and digital media, some of the skills-focused classes will prepare students for their internship at The Star or at a more broadcast-focused newsroom.

The program accepts up to 12 students per year. Students apply through the Graduate School and must meet its admission standards.

Financial assistance may be available, through working as a reaching or teaching assistant, or through a University scholarship. Meeting the early deadline for application, Jan. 31, is helpful.

For details, contact graduate coordinator Dr. Chris Roberts.

Shadows of the System now live

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The 2015-2016 Com-J special project, Shadows of the System, is an in-depth look at often overlooked factors affecting prison reform is Alabama. Built in the Atavist platform, Shadows of the System was reported, edited, and produced by Masters students Troy Herring, Kayla Howard, Tyra L. Jackson, Lee McCalister and Casey Voyles.

 

2014-2015 Com-J project wins SPJ awards

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Downstream, the 2014-2015 Com-J special group project, has received Region 3 Mark of Excellence Awards. The project was named a finalist in Online In-Depth Reporting and in Best Use of Multimedia.

2013-2014 Com-J projects are live

This year’s Com-J projects:

Open Arms | openarms.ua.edu (Ryan Phillips)
A Tuscaloosa-area jobs board for people with disabilities.

All About the “G” | fandom.ua.edu (Zac Al-Khateeb)
A profile of southern football culture in Gordo, Ala.

Oversupply: Unraveling the Student Housing Myth | oversupply.ua.edu (Taylor Manning)
A piece of explanatory journalism about off-campus housing in Tuscaloosa.

Food Insecurity | foodinsecurity.ua.edu (Elizabeth Manning)
A map-based examination of food insecurity in the Tuscaloosa area.

Caregivers | caregivers.ua.edu (Laura Monroe)
A documentary project about four families caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s.

Brew Crew | brewcrew.ua.edu (Elizabeth Lowder)
A video profile of Alabama’s craft-beer community.

Backwaters | backwaters.ua.edu (Tim Steere)
A multimedia storytelling project about Alabamians connected to the Black Warrior River.

The 2012-2013 ComJ projects are live

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During the fall semester, the 2012-2013 ComJ students each identified a fundamental community problem and then conceptualized an innovative online approach to addressing that problem.

For the first eight weeks of the spring semester, with the assistance of students from the University of Alabama’s Computer-Based Honors Program, they produced first iterations of their projects and then presented them during the department’s annual JDay on March 14.

This year’s projects:

  • By combining written stories, audio, video and still images, Leah Cayson’s What is Beauty is a storytelling website for women on campus who have struggled with body image.
  • Madasyn Czebiniak’s Bike Theft project combines mapping, campus crime data about and tips on preventing campus bike theft.
  • Courtney Davies created MXcluvise to give an in-depth,photo-driven look into the world of motocross.
  • Debra Flax’s Braving the Homefront is a day-in-the-life multimedia series chronicling student veterans on the University of Alabama campus.
  • Sara Milledge’s Piper Place is an immersive narrative that aim to humanize mental illness by profiling a mental health community in Birmingham.
  • For her Eating Tuscaloosa project, Katie Turpen chose food as the lens through which to look at the intersections of UA students and the surrounding community.

 

ComJ: Master’s Program in Community Journalism



Do you want to explore new ways to serve communities through the constantly evolving practice of journalism?

Do you want to think more critically about the role journalism plays in the communities it serves?

Do you want to develop writing and visual journalism skills and learn more about digital media and news innovations?

Do you want to intern in the newsroom of the acclaimed Anniston Star newspaper?

Do you want to do all that in one year?

Learn more about ComJ.

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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