MPJO-900 Capstone
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
Summer for 2018
Faculty:
The Master of Professional Studies Journalism degree program culminates in the Capstone. Each student produces a substantive and original reporting project on a timely issue that showcases his/her talents as a prospective journalist. It should be a major work of professional quality that requires extensive legwork, interviewing and research and will become the centerpiece of your portfolio.

The Capstone experience is intended to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the journalistic skills, ethics and initiative necessary to be a professional journalist. The Capstone project is an independent reporting endeavor. Class sessions provide feedback and structure. Group instructors will give you guidance throughout the semester, and your small groups will serve as mini-newsrooms where you will be expected to give each other feedback and support.

Successful completion of the MPSJ degree also requires submitting an ethics essay that reflects on your firsthand experience as a journalist. The essay will be graded as one of the assignments in the Capstone class.

This is a core course of the MPS Journalism program, and students must earn a “B” (83) or higher to pass the course. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more details. Students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA who receive a final grade of a B- or below may receive one opportunity to retake the course, if approved by the dean.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 21 credits

Sections:

MPJO-900-01 Capstone
Fall for 2017-2018
Spring for 2017-2018
Summer for 2018
No faculty information available
The Master of Professional Studies Journalism degree program culminates in the capstone. Each student produces a substantive and original reporting project on a timely issue that showcases his/her talents as a journalist. It should be a major work of professional quality that requires extensive legwork, interviewing and research and will become the centerpiece of your portfolio.

The capstone experience is intended to ensure that you have the journalistic skills, ethics, and initiative necessary to be a professional journalist. Students will choose a faculty advisor to meet with individually in addition to class sessions.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
By the end of the semester, students will be expected to:
1. Narrow down and sharpen the focus of a timely story idea
2. Demonstrate reporting enterprise and initiative
3. Produce a professional quality story that utilizes at least two media platforms
4. Address ethical issues that arise in your reporting

The course is open only to MPS Journalism students who are in their final semester of the program.

A minimum grade of "B" (3.00) or higher is required of students in the MPS Journalism Capstone to graduate regardless of their cumulative GPA.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 21 credits
More information
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