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Mitunes Coursework

First Semester

The first semester coursework is designed to immerse students in challenging, fast-paced reporting in multiple platforms, on tight deadline and in many different kinds of situations. Learning outcomes for all first-year students will include the basic knowledge of digital storytelling techniques as well as the use of multimedia equipment and editing software to produce multimedia content.


First semester courses are set for the student and include:

J200/J211 Reporting the News and News Lab

J215 Web Skills

J298 Public Records/Data Journalism
To increase the proficiencies of all our students in communicating through pictures and sound, incoming students are also required to take video training classes in their first semester.

J282 Introduction to Visual Journalism
Second, Third and Fourth Semesters
During their second, third and fourth semesters, students pursue coursework in their primary media platform alongside courses in other media platforms and reporting interests.


The Summer Internship

During the summer between the first and second year of study, the student will complete 300 hours of supervised journalism. Internships are typically completed at a range of media outlets in all media platforms. Recent internships for our students include: Al Jazeera America, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, PBS NewsHour, Phnom, Penh Post, The Oregonian, Time Asia, Reuters, Alaska Public Radio, KQED in San Francisco, San Francisco Chronicle, Univision Investigative Unit, Center for Investigative Reporting, National Public Radio.


While the J-School faculty believes that the best internship experience happens in a workplace where journalism is being practiced, alternative routes to successfully completing the internship requirement are on occasion approved if the student already has extensive news reporting experience. An application process for alternative internships is made available during the student’s second semester.


The Master's Project

The master’s project is work of original reporting completed during the second year of study under close supervision of a faculty adviser. It can take many forms and allows for students to experiment within the following media platforms or combination of platforms:



Projects are single half hour films, conceived, written, directed, shot, and edited by students, using our HD video equipment and facilities. They must be at once bold, original, and aimed at a wide general audience. While some documentaries involve extensive travel, use of archive material, and complex production, others are produced with simple clarity close to home. We have few restrictions on style, subject, or genre, but all projects must be resolutely documentary in nature, journalistically sound, and suitable for broadcast to a large nationwide primetime audience on commercial, public, or cable television, or via digital distribution.


Narrative Writing

The project requires one piece or series of pieces totaling, 3,500 to 5,000 words in length, it should be publishable quality, and based on extensive reporting and interviews.



The project requires the creation of a website or other digital product that utilizes various media forms such as video, audio, text, photographs, graphics, interactive databases, data visualizations, mobile applications, social media and animated graphics. The project can be a multimedia story that has multiple segments tied together with an intuitive navigation scheme and compelling overall design; a continuously published news site or blog featuring original and curated content, or a prototype for a new concept or innovative idea related to digital journalism.


Photography (or Photojournalism)

The project requires the initial production of 30 to 45 original documentary images of formal exhibition quality. The final production should include a bound booklet of 11-14 prints, either digital or silver, with a cover image, title page, and photographs sequenced with explanatory or essay text.



Project requires at least 29 minutes of programming on one topic and can be either one piece or a series of programs on significant topics.


Video Reporting

The project requires the production of three well reported long form video stories of 6 to 12 minutes in length, or the equivalent: One magazine length (6- 12 minutes) story and one longer piece (15-22 minutes); a series of shorter 2-5 minute stories; the design and construction of a Web platform for student video in addition to one or more video stories.

Language Lessons

  • Arabic Elementary Course - Free iTunes Video - Lund University
  • Arabic for Beginners 1 - Free Online Video - Darlarna University
  • Ancient Greek - Free Online Video - Brandeis/Harvard
  • Ancient Languages (Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Old English, etc) - Free Web Site - UT-Austin Linguistics Research Center
  • Basic German - Free Application - Cambridge University
  • Beginner's Chinese - Free iTunes Audio - Open University
  • Chinese Course - Seton Hall
  • Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation - Free iTunes Audio - Emory University
  • Chinese Basic - Free Application - Cambridge University
  • Dialogue for German Learners: Beginner's Level - iTunes - The University of South Wales
  • Francais interactif - Free iTunes Audio - Free Video & Audio - University of Texas
  • Elementary French 1 - Free Web Course - Carnegie Mellon
  • Elementary French 2 - Free Web Course - Carnegie Mellon
  • French in ActionFree Online Video -  Yale University
  • French 1 & French 2 - Free Web Course - Carnegie Mellon
  • Icelandic Online - Web Site - University of Iceland
  • Intermediate Chinese - Free Application - Cambridge University
  • Introduction to Ancient Greek - Free Online Course - Brandeis/Harvard
  • Introduction to Urdu Alphabet - Free iTunes Audio - Emory University
  • Introduction to Homeric Greek - Free Online Video - Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard)
  • Japanese Kana - Hiragana - Free iTunes Video - Emory
  • Kanji Characters - Free iTunes Video - Emory University
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters - Free iTunes Video - Emory University
  • Numbers and Radicals - Free iTunes Video - Emory University
  • Online Intermediate College Korean - Free Online Audio - University of California Press, 2002
  • Pathway to Korean: Beginning Spoken Korean from Zero - Web Site - The Ohio State University
  • Russian Essentials - Free Application - Cambridge University
  • Russian for Beginners 1 - Free Online Video - Dalarna University
  • Spanish 1 - Free iTunes iOS Course - David Nance, Arkansas
  • Spanish 2 - Free iTunes iOS Course - David Nance, Arkansas
  • Spanish 3 - Free iTunes iOS Course - David Nance, Arkansas
  • Speak Italian with Your Mouth Full - Free Online Video & Course Info - Free Online Video - Free iTunes Video - MIT, Dr. Paola Rebusco
  • Thai Alphabet - Free iTunes Video - Emory University

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Law Courses

  • A Law Student's Toolkit - Free Online Video - Ian Ayres, Yale
  • Climate Change: Law and Policy - Free Online Video- Multiple faculty, UC Berkeley
  • CopyrightX - Free Online Video - Course Info - Prof. William Fisher, Harvard Law School
  • Environmental Justice and Human Rights in the Aftermath of Katrina - Free Online Audio - Cynthia Toms Smedley, Notre Dame
  • Environmental Law and Policy - Free Online Video - Bob Infelise, UC Berkeley
  • Environmental Politics and Law - Free Online Video - Free iTunes Video - Free iTunes Audio - Course Materials - John P. Wargo, Yale
  • Freedom of Speech and the Press - Free Online Video - Free iTunes Video - William Turner, UC Berkeley
  • International Environmental Law - Free Online Video - Free iTunes Video - Free iTunes Audio - Cymie Payne, UC Berkeley
  • Introduction to Copyright Law - Free iTunes Video - Free Online Video - Free Online Video & Course Info - Keith Winstein, MIT
  • Labor Law and Employment Discrimination - Free Online Video - Greggory Groves, Missouri State
  • Law and Economics I - Free iTunes Audio - Robert Cooter, UC Berkeley
  • Law and Justice - Free iTunesU iOS App - Kyle Harper, University of Oklahoma
  • Law and Legal Thought in the 21st Century - Free Online Video - Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Harvard
  • Media Law & Ethics - Free iTunes iOS App - Nicole Kraft, Ohio State
  • Philosophy of Law (Syllabus) - Free iTunes Audio - C. Surprenant, University of New Orleans
  • Politics and Media Freedom - Free Online Video - Richard Barbrook, University of Westminster
  • Progressive Alternatives: Institutional Reconstruction Today - Free Online Video - Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Harvard
  • Renewable Energy & Alternative Fuels (Law & Policy) - Free Online Video - Steven Weissman, UC Berkeley
  • Self, Serenity, and Vulnerability - Free Online Video - Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Harvard
  • Theories of Law and Society - Free Online Audio - Free iTunes Audio - David Lieberman, UC Berkeley
  • Video Game Law - Free Online Video - Jon Festinger, University of British Columbia/Centre for Digital Media

Literature Courses

  • American Literature I: Beginnings to Civil War - Free iTunes Video - Free Online Video - Cyrus Patell, NYU
  • American Passages: A Literary Survey - Free Online Video - Multiple profs, Annenberg Learner
  • Approaching Shakespeare - Free iTunes Audio - Free Online Audio - Emma Smith, Oxford
  • British and American Poetry: 1900 to the Present - Free Online Audio - Charles Altieri, UC Berkeley
  • Chaucer - iTunes Audio - Princeton, John Fleming
  • Cervantes' Don Quixote - Free Online Video + Course Info - Roberto González Echevarría, Yale
  • Contemporary Literature - Free Online Video - Free Video Download - Aysha Iqbal Viswamohan, IIT Madras
  • Creative Reading - Free Online Audio - William S. Burroughs, Naropa University
  • Creative Writing: A Master Class - Free iTunes Video - Alison Ersheid
  • Cultural Studies - Free Online Video - Free Video Download - Liza Das, IIT Guwahati
  • Dante in Translation - Free Online Course - Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale