Washington Capstone

Real-world professional standards. Real-world deadlines. Real-world stories that need to be told. All in our nation’s capital.

The Washington semester of the Newhouse broadcast and digital journalism (BDJ) graduate program is where students take all the journalistic skills they have learned during the past year and put them to the test in the news capitol of the world.

The Washington program meets the requirement for BDJ master’s students to fulfill a capstone where they must apply their training with professional newsgathering or sports outlets. These experiences provide opportunities to showcase the hands-on and academic lessons acquired from the previous semesters on the Syracuse campus, but at a higher level.

In Washington, a majority of the class covers Capitol Hill and the federal government as reporters for markets as varied as Bakersfield, CA; Fayetteville, AR; Augusta, GA; and Springfield, MA. As credentialed members or the Washington press corps, the student news associates develop, research, shoot, report and edit their own news content, which then airs on their assigned commercial television stations.

Students interested in producing have the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations. In previous years, we have placed students with Chinese Global Television Network, Voice of America and NBC4, the network owned local station in the nation’s capitol.

Some students have used their skills across media platforms in our D.C. program, working with streaming services offered by Nexstar Media Group and others.

The capstone program is supported by faculty who bring to their teaching decades of experience covering Washington for local and network news operations. Students also benefit from the twice-weekly Speakers Series, in which journalists and Washington insiders share their observations about their profession and the unique challenges of making sense of Washington and those who work there.