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MA New Media Photojournalism

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The New Media Photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is the first of its kind, created to help visual journalists study and address the changing world of photojournalism.

Emphasizing strong storytelling skills and fluency in multimedia platforms, the Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism program incorporates writing, photography, audio, video, and web design to prepare students to work as freelancers, visual reporters, editors and producers. The program emphasizes the individual as a visual reporter and encourages experimentation with new ways of storytelling, documentation and editing. The program also encourages its students to explore the latest digital practices taught in conjunction with the enduring fundamentals of visual reporting, editing, and ethics.

Through intensive faculty mentoring in conjunction with a broad and flexible program of study and internship opportunities, students choose and develop their professional paths. In addition to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, National Geographic and Discovery Communications, countless newspapers, magazines, trade journals and major media outlets are located within a five-mile radius of the Corcoran's downtown campus.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism program are prepared to take on and excel in careers in a wide range of visual media—including photography, picture and video editing, documentary production and multimedia management—and are prepared to lead a new generation of photojournalists as the field continues to change with technology.


Program Head

 

Susan Sterner
New Media & Photojournalism
Associate Professor
ssterner@gwu.edu

 

Careers and Internships

Students in the Master of Arts in Media Photojournalism program make career connections in the manner that best fits them and their lifestyles. Many opt for internships for credit. Others do internships without academic credit. Both are viable options. Many students take on work as freelance image makers or hold part-time media positions while in school.

Recent internships:

  • The Washington Post Online
  • Discovery Communications
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • Good Fight Media
  • Green Peace
  • Hand Print Studio
  • National Geographic Books
  • National Press Foundation
  • Metro Collective
  • The ARC
  • USA Today
  • National Public Radio - News Desk
  • National Public Radio - Tiny Desk Concerts
  • Population Services International
  • Smithsonian Institute

The New Media Photojournalism Program places importance on having working professionals in the classroom as faculty, visiting artists, mentors, and collaborators. The program also finds opportunities to involve students in the Corcoran's many community projects.

Curriculum

The following curriculum is for legacy students, defined as those students who began taking classes at the Corcoran prior to the fall 2014 semester. Students enrolled after that time, should contact their academic advisor.

The Master of Arts in New Media Photojournalism program is a 48-credit-hour program that may be completed at a full-time pace in two years, or part-time in up to four years.

Required Courses

The first semester of the program is structured as a four-course immersion experience in order to establish a deep understanding of the journalism and photojournalism processes and best practices. Students are encouraged to develop their visual voices and work on subjects about which they feel passionate. Following the first semester, students take an average of two required courses and two electives each semester. This flexibility allows students to explore areas of interest and expand skill sets. At the end of the first year, students begin the proposal process for a thesis project to be completed in the second year. Examples of courses offered in Master of Arts in Media Photojournalism Program

·         Photojournalism Thesis Workshop
·         Project-Driven Website Design
·         Photojournalism in Practice
·         Speed of Sound: Advanced Audio
·         Interrogating Photography's Truths
·         History and Aesthetics Photography since 1950
·         Developing Documentary Projects
·         Landscape and Narrative: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
·         El Salvador Seminar (Washington, D.C., and El Salvador)
·         Layout and Design of Books
·         Ethics and the Practice of Photojournalism

Thesis

During the final year of study, students in the program undertake a thesis project that pulls together writing, photography, video, audio, and design. The thesis experience fosters creative freedom while challenging them to produce innovative work that meets professional standards. The year-long process—in combination with public exhibits and community engagement elements—gives students a deep understanding of the potential of new media and the practical skills to build a career with media organizations, or as independent visual journalists.

Department Life

At the heart of the New Media Photojournalism program is a dynamic group of faculty and students who are highly motivated and engaged in their communities and professional lives.

In 2011, the inaugural class of New Media Photojournalism program students founded the Corcoran Association of Photojournalists, known as CAP. Hosting various community events and projects, CAP has become an integral part of the photo world of Washington, D.C. Some of these include educational events and exhibits at THEARC, workshops in conjunction with Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) and the Metro Collective, guest speakers, the launch of an annual 'zine, pop-up exhibits, and regular happy hours and other get-togethers.

The NMPJ program benefits from multi-disciplinary collaboration, learning and problems solving. Students are active across the school through organization and departmental curricula. NMPJ students collaborate academically and through extra curricular activity on local, national and international project with students from other disciplines such a Exhibition Design, Fine Art Photography, Digital Media and Graphic Design as well as a wide spectrum of the GW’s academic programs and professional schools. 

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