Students in Point Park’s M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication program may focus their graduate studies on investigative reporting.
A model curriculum for such students includes:
JOUR 506 Public Affairs Reporting
A series of real reporting assignments under deadline conditions beginning with the University and extending to the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.
JOUR 510 Investigative Reporting
Practical reporting experience with heavy emphasis on investigative techniques and computer-assisted reporting; development of sources and information; determination of subjects, organization and writing of stories and series for print publication.
JOUR 592, 599 Publication Project and Completion of Publication Project
The student earns credit for work on an investigative, interpretive series in a medium such as print, a media script, publications/advertising campaign, or other significant project. Proof of intended implementation is required. A faculty member must oversee the project, a proposal for which must be approved by that faculty member and the program director. May constitute three of the six hours of the candidate’s required research obligation.
Other relevant classes that may involve investigative reporting:
JOUR 508 Magazine Article Writing
Research and development of briefs and longer nonfiction articles with emphasis on freelance writing, queries and techniques of magazine titles, fillers, writing and critiquing. Efforts made to sell articles for publication.
JOUR 518 Communication Law and Regulation
Study of contemporary and classic cases related to state and federal law of freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Problems caused by efforts by government to control mass media and the freedom of government/ public information also are addressed.
Students may choose related electives in Point Park’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. The program is designed to provide a strong foundation in business, administration, law, policy, economics and criminology theory. Coursework related to the institute includes CRMJ 540 Media Issues in Criminal Justice and other classes.