The Master of Journalism Program in Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication

The Master of Journalism (MJ) is a one year, 30-credit program that uses Philadelphia as a laboratory. Coursework and reporting and editing projects focus on the problems and opportunities of urban life. Hands-on multimedia work is combined with the study of journalism’s evolving roles and practices. Students learn by experiencing what it’s like to work in today’s ever-changing media environment. In recognition of the exciting evolution underway in the news industry, the program is designed to help current and aspiring journalists develop into engaged and innovative professionals.

Temple University’s location in the fourth-largest media market in the United States, offers students access to a city ripe with innovation. Philadelphia is full of journalistic experiments, including startups and nonprofits that are rethinking metropolitan, niche and ethnic media. The city’s daily newspapers are owned by a nonprofit organization, an experiment many hope will represent a path to sustainability for news organizations around the country. Students will interact with these organizations’ journalists and innovators. There may be opportunities to work for them through internships or after graduation.

The program also takes advantage of Philadelphia’s vibrant culture, a highly diverse population and significant challenges common to other cities, including educational equity, crime, development controversies, economic inequity and race relations. Because they are ongoing, such issues are sometimes underreported in the city’s mainstream news media. The Urban Reporting Lab and the capstone reporting project create a forum for MJ students to tackle such problems in innovative ways as they pursue their graduate education and make a difference.

Typical Careers

Master of Journalism graduates are employed in a wide variety of media outlets, from online and print publications to radio and TV stations, as well as related organizations. Whether you want to be in the spotlight or behind the scenes, opportunities for today’s journalists include

  • anchor,
  • blogger,
  • broadcast journalist,
  • content creator,
  • copywriter,
  • data specialist,
  • editor,
  • educator,
  • magazine writer,
  • marketing writer,
  • media entrepreneur
  • news reporter,
  • on-air personality,
  • online reporter,
  • photojournalist,
  • producer,
  • reporter,
  • researcher,
  • sideline reporter,
  • social media specialist, and
  • videographer.

Visit Klein College’s Career Center to explore specialized services and programming available exclusively to you as a Temple student.

Target Employers

Situated in the media-rich job market of Philadelphia, Temple Klein College graduates have direct access to some of the largest and most well-respected media companies in the tri-state area, including ABC/WPVI, Billy Penn, CBS/KYW, Comcast, NBC/WCAU, Newsworks, NFL Films, PHL17, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia magazine, WHYY and many others. To make an appointment to discuss your job and career opportunities, visit SMConnect, our exclusive internship and job portal.