The Master of Arts in Journalism Entrepreneurship gives you the professional skills and knowledge to hone your journalistic skills, build your own brand effectively, be a successful freelancer, and to start or reinvent a media organization.
In early August, first-year students and program faculty come together for the Media Boot Camp—a 1- to 3-week course in Boulder, Colorado—to learn how to use various media technologies invaluable to journalistic storytelling. This dynamic educational experience—the only required residency of the program—allows you to connect to campus, faculty members, and classmates.
Afterward, complete up to four online/distance courses each semester without ever taking more than two classes at a time:
Use distance technologies to participate in one 15-week class each semester that brings together on-campus and online students.
Complete 1 to 3 five-week, asynchronous courses each semester.
The program offers you an opportunity to network with other professionals in media and journalism including faculty, industry practitioners, and classmates. Networking happens via distance technologies, online discussions and interactions, and during the on-campus media boot camp in early August. These interactions create a sense of community that underpins the program and yields lasting relationships as you advance in your media or journalism career.
You have two options for completing the Media Boot Camp:
Complete the first week of coursework in Boulder and the remaining two weeks remotely,
Remain on campus for all three weeks of the course.
You must secure your own lodging in Boulder for the boot camp.
Summer 2020 Update: All CU Boulder summer classes will now be offered remotely, including the 2020 Media Technology Boot Camp, which begins in August. This class will be taught 100% online, without an in-person component on the CU Boulder campus.
Academic and Career Support
We’re here to help you succeed in both school and career. Program faculty and advisors stand ready to offer guidance on course selection, help you register for classes, and provide advice on school-life balance. Since our faculty have also worked in the field, they are well positioned to offer you advice on how to develop your brand and succeed in today’s industry. We also have an on-staff career coach who can provide guidance on job searches, resume writing, and interviewing—everything you need for a break-through career in media.
Incubate Your Ideas
You will be supported throughout the program as you develop your skills, brand yourself, and move forward in your journalism career. Through the program’s project-based approach to career development, you will create a professional portfolio that highlights your skills, interests, and accomplishments in the field. The program culminates in a personalized, professional project that might take the form of a media startup business plan, personal brand, or long-form freelance article to pitch to publications.