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Multiplatform Journalism

Dr. Michael Dillon

Dr. Michael Dillon
544E College Hall
Phone: 412.396.6448
dillonm@duq.edu

For specific questions about the Multiplatform Journalism program, contact Dr. Michael Dillon.

Duquesne University's Multiplatform Journalism curriculum prepares students to work as multimedia journalists across a wide variety of platforms, from online news sites to traditional print and broadcast outlets. Today's journalist must be multifaceted. A reporter at an online news outlet might, in a single day, shoot video, produce an audio story and write several iterations of a story for a website and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Conversely, a reporter at a broadcast station or cable outlet might produce both visual and written versions of a story. Multiplatform Journalism equips students with the knowledge and skills to produce content for any platform and allows them to seize opportunities as new platforms emerge. In this program, you'll learn to interview, research, report, write, shoot and edit audio and video, create graphics, and master social media.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of news and the role it plays in our civic and political culture.
  • Develop the ability to evaluate the newsworthiness of events.
  • Study and internalize the public service functions and ethical obligations of journalism.
  • Develop and apply a variety of reporting techniques, including interviewing, database research and use of public records.
  • Produce multiplatform stories for news, sports, entertainment and various niche genres.
  • Learn and practice narrative, video, audio and graphical storytelling techniques that are applicable across a wide variety of platforms, including print, broadcast, web, social media and emerging web-based and mobile platforms.
  • Learn within an ethos of adaptability so that, as media platforms and techniques change, students are able to change with them — and possess the theoretical knowledge and practical flexibility to lead that change.

Multiplatform Journalism (30 credits)

  • MDIA 140 - Media Literacy*
  • MDIA 260 – New Media Production*
  • MDIA 465W – Media Ethics*
  • MDIA 473 – Media Law and Regulation*
  • JOUR 177 - 0 Credits: Language for Journalists (concurrent with JOUR 200W)
  • JOUR 200W: Multiplatform Newsroom I
  • JOUR 300W: Multiplatform Newsroom II
  • MDIA 324: Principles of Audio and Video
  • JOUR 341: Video Newsgathering and Field Production
  • JOUR 360W: Multiplatform Editing
  • JOUR 469W: Magazine Journalism OR JOUR 471W: Investigative Reporting (Prerequisite: JOUR 200W)
  • Media Elective Courses (6 Credits) Students will select electives after consultation with their department mentor.

*All majors in the Media department will take 12 credits of departmental core courses.

Minoring in Multiplatform Journalism