Broadcast & Digital Journalism

Our graduate program in broadcast and digital journalism employs this successful formula: hands-on training plus selected academic courses. It works if you come with or without prior communications experience.

A photo of a student news team producing a live news broadcast.

A student news team produces a live NCC News broadcast under a professor's supervision.

Meet the Producer

Producers are the behind-the-scenes journalists who make decisions about what stories to cover and how they should be covered. They also put together the visual presence of the show, deciding what types of graphics to use, where to place field reporters for live reports and what guests to use. Producers often have the final say about how stories are written, so excellent writing skills are a must. Many producers go on to be executive producers, news directors and even station or network division managers. These jobs are hard to fill because they require such a broad range of skills. The good news is, the Newhouse broadcast and digital journalism department can help you attain those skills for your future as a broadcast producer. Elizabeth Hinson G'14, an associate producer at Face the Nation, shares her thoughts and advice. 

Your search for a professional master's degree program in broadcast and digital journalism (BDJ) ends at Newhouse.

What is the focus of the program?

The Newhouse graduate program in broadcast and digital journalism is designed to provide the necessary combination of practical training and theoretical study to prepare you for a career in electronic journalism.

While completing this 40-credit curriculum, you will take courses in:

  • Writing
  • Information gathering and reporting
  • Editing
  • Producing
  • Anchoring in traditional and new platforms

Our professional faculty members emphasize hands-on experience in all coursework and encourage you to pursue internships at television, radio stations and multimedia news operations. Small class sizes allow for invaluable one-on-one interaction between students and faculty.

Broadcast and digital journalism graduate students may also pursue the Sports Communications Emphasis. Learn more about our curriculum.

What will I experience as a BDJ master’s student?

BDJ is an immersion program that gives you hands-on experience from your first day at Newhouse to your last day at Newhouse.

  • Your experience begins with summer Boot Camp, where virtually every class day you’ll be a working student journalist covering real stories.
  • Throughout the year, you will continue to hone your skills as a journalist: reporting, shooting, editing, anchoring and producing news for traditional and new media platforms.
  • You will spend several weeks the following summer in Washington, D.C., where you could be reporting as a D.C. stringer for stations across the country, producing sports stories for local or national sports media or telling stories in innovative ways at digital news operations in the nation’s capital—the opportunities are impressive.
  • The Newhouse facilities have been fully modernized and updated with the opening of the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center in fall 2014. This $18 million project places the most cutting-edge technology right at your fingertips.
  • Facilities and resources also include the Associated Press wire service and scriptwriting/producing software system, a professional television news studio, digital camera systems and multiple video and audio editing stations.

Where are recent graduates working and what are they doing?

Most graduates of the program begin their careers at stations in small or medium-size markets, moving up quickly to take positions in larger markets or with the networks. Graduates are also employed in multimedia and social media. BDJ/Sports Communications Emphasis alums work in sports departments in TV and radio stations, in media operations for professional sports teams, and for online sports media. Here are a few examples of where our graduates are working today:

  • Graphics producer for MLB Network
  • Producer for Univision
  • Social media producer for major league hockey
  • Electronic graphics operator for CNN
  • Booking producer for NBC Universal
  • Production assistant for ESPN

Learn more about our employment statistics and alumni.

How can I apply?

You may find all of the deadlines and details on how to apply here. Questions? Email pcgrad@syr.edu or call 315-443-4039.

Who can I talk to if I have questions about the program?

Find an in-depth master’s program FAQ here. You may contact program director Chris Tuohey at cptuohey@syr.edu or 315-443-4118. You may also email the general grad program at pcgrad@syr.edu or call 315-443-4039.

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