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Master of Arts
Multimedia Journalism

Applications for Fall 2019 are open
Early Deadline: January 28
Regular Deadline: March 30

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The MA in Multimedia Journalism caters to both experienced journalists aiming to elevate their multimedia and digital innovation skills and to newcomers to the journalism profession and media research field, as well as those seeking a career in university-level teaching in media studies or preparation for doctoral studies.

The MA degree offers two tracks: a research and a professional track. The first year, students in both tracks take common courses that elevate professional multimedia journalism and digital innovation skills and build a strong grounding in media research and theory. The second year, students in the professional track take additional professional courses and culminate with a journalistic project. Those in the research track attend theoretical and research-oriented courses and conclude with a thesis. Students in the professional track undergo a professional internship, while those in the research track partake in a research apprenticeship. Both tracks are required to complete a teaching apprenticeship that qualifies them to teach university-level media courses. Students also get the chance to participate in study abroad programs and engage with their faculty in scientific research.

The MA offers a regional and global scope, focusing on Arab media and society, and instilling principles of freedom of the press, objective and responsible journalism, global citizenship, and civic engagement. International students interested in building expertise in Arab media are especially encouraged to apply. Students with extensive journalism experience or a BA in Multimedia Journalism may waive some basic courses and replace them with more advanced electives. Qualified students may benefit from graduate assistantships (scholarships) that cover part of their tuition fees.

Application and Admission to the MA in Multimedia Journalism


To apply to the MA in Multimedia Journalism, please visit the Graduate Admissions page and submit an online application.
Applicants to the MA in Multimedia Journalism are not required to take a GRE or similar exam. For details on English proficiency, please visit the graduate admissions page linked above.

A strong applicant to the MA program would demonstrate good undergraduate academic standing, ideally a GPA of 3.0 or higher, a credible interest in the field, and some professional experience working in the news or media industry. Students with weaker GPAs but extensive professional experience, demonstrated interest in the field, and strong recommendation letters may be accepted on a case by case basis, especially if their GPA relates to a different field of study.

Applicants to the MA in Multimedia Journalism program must hold a bachelor’s degree or a minor in journalism, communication arts, media studies or a related field. Students with no prior education or degree in this field may be admitted with the condition of taking remedial undergraduate courses to fulfill prerequisite requirements. If a student held no bachelor’s or minor in journalism, communication arts, media studies or a related field, the minimum requirement is a B+ average in the following undergraduate remedial courses:  
(1) JSC220 News Reporting and Writing - or -  JSC228 Arabic News Writing and Reporting,
(2) JSC226 Multimedia Journalism Basics
(3) JSC312 Media and Society
(4) JSC419 Media Law and Ethics

Relevant undergraduate courses and/or extensive professional experience in the field may be considered on a case by case basis toward waiving some or all of these remedial undergraduate courses. Qualified students may benefit from graduate assistantships (scholarships) that cover part of their tuition fees and offer the chance to work closely with a faculty member on research. Application for a graduate assistantship (scholarship) is part of the admission application.

For more questions, please email houri.gostanian@lau.edu.lb

MA in Multimedia Journalism Program

The MA in Multimedia Journalism requires a total of 31 credits, distributed accordingly:

Research Track

Core Courses (22 credits). The following courses are all required:
JSC 601 Advanced News Writing & Reporting Lab*
Or JSC 602 Advanced Arabic News Writing & Reporting Lab*
JSC 603 Multimedia Journalism Lab*
JSC 604 Data Journalism Lab*
JSC 610 Media Research Methods
JSC 611 Seminar in Media Theory and Digital Culture
JSC 612 Digital Innovation
JSC 613 Media Education and Pedagogy
JSC 677 Research Apprenticeship
JSC 679 Teaching Apprenticeship
JSC 699 Thesis
Professional Track

Core Courses (19 credits). The following courses are all required:
JSC 601 Advanced News Writing & Reporting Lab*
Or JSC 602 Advanced Arabic News Writing & Reporting Lab*
JSC 603 Multimedia Journalism Lab*
JSC 604 Data Journalism Lab*
JSC 610 Media Research Methods
JSC 611 Seminar in Media Theory and Digital Culture
JSC 612 Digital Innovation
JSC 613 Media Education and Pedagogy
JSC 678 Professional Internship
JSC 679 Teaching Apprenticeship
JSC 698 Project


Elective Courses (9 credits). Select three courses from the following list:
JSC 614 Digital Methods and Basic Programming
JSC 620 Web development for Media Professionals
JSC 630 Arab and International Media
JSC 680 Global Media Literacy
JSC 681 Global Change, Cooperation and News
JSC 687 Digital Media Workshop
JSC 688 Seminar in Media Studies
INA 825 Comparative Politics
INA 826 Comparative Politics of the Middle East
INA 831 International Political Economy

Elective Courses (12 credits). Select four courses from the following list:
JSC 614 Digital Methods and Basic Programming
JSC 620 Web development for Media Professionals
JSC 621 Advanced Programming for Media Professionals
JSC 630 Arab and International Media
JSC 680 Global Media Literacy
JSC 681 Global Change, Cooperation and News
JSC 687 Digital Media Workshop
JSC 688 Seminar in Media Studies
VIS 743 Advanced Digital Illustration Techniques
INA 825 Comparative Politics
MKT 841 Marketing Management
MKT 845 Digital Marketing


* Students may substitute these courses with an elective from the respective lists below if they completed their undergraduate equivalent with a B+ grade or higher and/or can demonstrate extensive professional experience in these areas. Substitution of these course will be done through a petition.

Faculty

Jad Melki

Associate Professor & Chairperson

Monika Halkort

Assistant Professor of Digital Media and Social Communication

Claudia Kozman

Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism

Gretchen King

Assistant Professor of Communication and Multimedia Journalism

Alia Ibrahim

Instructor of Journalism

Mohanad Hage Ali

Lecturer of Multimedia Journalism

Jihad EL Mallah

Instructor of Multimedia Journalism

Fadi BouKaram

Instructor of Photojournalism

Facilities & Equipment

SFA Lab 1102

Located in the first floor of the Safadi Fine Arts building, the SFA Lab 1102 caters to the audio and video post-production needs of TV/Film students. It is used both during class and outside class hours. Renovated in 2016, the facility includes 21 PCs with the latest audio/video editing software, such as Adobe cc 2017, Avid Media Composer, and Black Magic Da Vinci. Contact: Farid Boustani, fbustani@lau.edu.lb


TV Studio (Nicol GO18 – Beirut)

Built in 2011, the Nicol GO18 studio is a TV studio with a master control room. It has high end studio cameras with autocue systems and with pedestals. The master control room has a state of the art HD/SD broadcast switcher. Also, the location has a meeting/dressing room along with two editing facilities. Contact: Farid Boustani, fbustani@lau.edu.lb


SFA Studio (Safadi Fine Arts Basement – Beirut)

The SFA studio includes 3 smart classrooms, a screening room that accommodates 30 students, 2 isolated audio recording studios, 7 editing facilities (PC) and 2 MAC editing suites. It has 2 storage areas. Contact: Farid Boustani, fbustani@lau.edu.lb


Journalism Lab

The Journalism lab is located in Nicol Hall third floor. Journalism students sharpen their journalistic skills across print, broadcast and multimedia platforms. Renovated in 2010, the facility is used for classes and for free practice outside class hours. The lab includes 26 Imacs with the latest research, design and editing software and a laser color printers. Contact: Annie Tabakian, annie.tabakian@lau.edu.lb


About the MA in Multimedia Journalism

Mission Statement
The MA in Multimedia Journalism offers advanced instruction in evolving forms and methods of multimedia journalism, digital innovation, and media research and teaching. The specialized and multidisciplinary program is rooted in the liberal arts tradition and balances theory, research, professional practice, critical inquiry, and pedagogical training. It caters to both current journalists who want to elevate their abilities and skills and newcomers to the profession and field, as well as those seeking preparation for doctoral studies and a career in university-level teaching and research in media studies. The program seeks to prepare students to become innovative, professional, and ethical multimedia journalists, teachers and researchers ready to thrive in a rapidly evolving area. It offers a regional and global scope, focusing on Arab media and society, and instilling principles of freedom of the press, objective and responsible journalism, global citizenship, and civic engagement.

Program Objectives
The MA program has four key objectives:
PO1 (Professional practice): To elevate students’ multimedia journalism production, media design, and digital innovation skills to the highest professional levels.
PO2 (Research): To build students’ scientific research abilities in communication and media studies.
PO3 (Theoretical): To develop students’ theoretical knowledge in the field.
PO4 (Critical Inquiry): To sharpen students’ critical skills and their discernment of the relationship between media and society.
PO5 (Doctoral/Pedagogical): To prepare students for teaching and doctoral studies in the field of communication media education.

Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the program, students will be able to:
PLO1: Report, write, edit and publish using text, pictures, audio, video, and data to tell multimedia stories effectively at a professional level.
PLO2: Design, produce and assess professional-level multimedia content and innovate journalistic forms.
PLO3: Design, implement, analyze, write and publish scientific research, using qualitative, quantitative, mixed and digital research methodologies and various data forms.
PLO4: Discuss various theoretical traditions within journalism and media studies.
PLO5: Apply theoretical frameworks in research and professional practice.
PLO6: Understand the intersection between news, digital innovation, computer programming, and media design in today’s evolving journalism and media field.
PLO7: Achieve a high level of media literacy by discerning the cultural, economic, and political contexts that affect news media and digital production processes in the Arab region and globally.
PLO8: Apply university-level pedagogical approaches and methods in journalistic teaching and curricular development.
PLO9: Demonstrate requisite theoretical, research and pedagogical knowledge and skills for doctoral studies in the field.