Graduate Certificate in Journalism and Digital Media

The Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) Program offers a Graduate Certificate in Journalism and Digital Media. Only current students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Foreign Service may apply.

For the Certificate, students must complete six courses (18 credits), which may double-count as elective credits toward the CCT degree.

CCT offers this Certificate in recognition of the need for students to develop a critical understanding of digital mediation and the role of journalism in society. Digital technologies have changed the ways we produce, distribute, and consume information–and have dramatically influenced public perception of journalism and the news media in general. Through interdisciplinary studies of journalism and digital media, students will understand and be able to shape conversations about the principles, politics, and technologies that drive the practice of journalism in a rapidly changing media environment. They will also be equipped to incorporate journalistic practices into their scholarly and professional work.

CCT’s Learning Goals for students of the Certificate Program are:

  • To develop a critical understanding of journalism’s purpose and scope, with attention to the socio-cultural and political contexts in which journalism is operating around the world.
  • To build theoretical knowledge and practical skills in journalistic content production in order to create, edit, and publish compelling stories in video, audio, or multimedia formats.
  • To explore the future of journalism, with a particular focus on how digital media technologies shape public perception of journalism, as well as journalistic practices and values.

Academic Requirements

Students pursuing the Certificate are required to complete a total of 18 academic credits, which include: one 3-credit foundational course; one 3-credit theory and practice course; three 3-credit elective courses; and, one 3-credit capstone course.

Students may choose elective courses from among the courses that CCT has already approved for the Certificate Program, or, can petition in advance of registration for other courses to count as electives.

The curriculum for the Certificate Program is designed so that students may pursue the core and elective courses in any sequence. Below are details of these requirements and eligible courses:

Requirements Eligible Courses:
One 3-credit foundational course CCTP-635: Critical Studies in Journalism OR                                                                                        CCTP-721: Critical Theory & Contemporary Media
One 3-credit theory/practice course CCTP-710: Journalistic Content Production
Three 3-credit elective courses:
* CCT Research Methods course
  • CCTP-550: Professional Video Production for Multimedia
  • CCTP-562: Professional Podcasting for Business
  • CCTP-585: Journalism & the Politics of Terror
  • CCTP-591: Free Expression and the Global Internet
  • CCTP-606: Archival Methods: Rights to Information*
  • CCTP-616: Crisis Communications
  • CCTP-631: Misinformation & Society
  • CCTP-632: Social Media Content Moderation
  • CCTP-634: Disinformation & Psychological Safety
  • CCTP-642: Content Analysis*
  • CCTP-643: Political Socialization
  • CCTP-646: Sentiment Analysis in Social Media
  • CCTP-655: Media Production Lab
  • CCTP-685: Survey Methods*
  • CCTP-691: Breaking & (Re-)Building Trust in News
  • CCTP-696: Social Network Analysis*
  • CCTP-757: Media & American Elections
  • CCTP-767: New Media & Politics
  • CCTP-802: Art & Media Interfaced
  • CCTP-808: Qualitative Methods for Communications Research*
One 3-credit capstone course:
  • CCTP-533: CCT Internship Course
  • CCTP 584: Documentary Video Production
  • CCTP 850: Digital Presence & Strategic Persuasion

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Journalism & Digital Media may be students in the following programs:
– Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT)
– other Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) programs
– School of Foreign Service (SFS) programs, both graduate and undergraduate.
Non-CCT students would need approval from their program advisor.

CCT and other Master’s students may apply no earlier than the first term and no later than the third term of their programs. BSFS students may apply no earlier than the first term of their junior year and no later than the first term of their senior year. Students may enroll in courses that can be applied to the Certificate in the first term in which they are eligible to apply.

To apply, students must complete a brief online application.

Contact CCT’s Director of Academic Affairs.