Welcome to the home page for News & Documentary at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. This master’s track program prepares the next generation of video journalists, broadcasters and documentary filmmakers for the industry today.
The News & Documentary track is a three semester-long intensive Master’s program that cumulates in a mid-length documentary thesis film and an open door to the top media and broadcast platforms in the world. Please take a look at our overview for applying and current courses on offer.
Through NewsDoc, you get the best of both: broadcast video journalism and documentary film. Network television is adapting, new video platforms are establishing themselves, and non-fiction storytelling has never been more in demand at festivals. Through this program, you build skills and a portfolio that are transferrable between these media environments.
NewsDoc is special because it is among the most creative programs in journalism education. Many journalism programs today use multimedia as a catch phrase: it has become short hand for scratching the surface of everything. The problem with that approach is that you master nothing.
NewsDoc still takes the long view. It values in-depth long form journalism and takes the time to get there. Its curriculum is made up of building block with each class and semester layering on what came before. The diverse backgrounds of the faculty – film documentary, broadcast news, TV news magazine, multimedia reporting, even magazine writing – is a testament to the program’s respect for storytelling in all forms and exposes students to a variety of tools to draw from. That is how you truly master your craft and it is evident in the annual News Doc Film Festival.
Class size is usually between 12-16 students
Current Student Work
NewsDoc Voices is a platform for reporting and video work from current graduate students in their first semester.
At the end of your first semester, you produce a multimedia piece that brings together the skills you learned in your written reporting with Cora Daniels and your video production class with Marcia Rock. Students are given a theme each year and produce a stand-alone site to showcase their investigative reporting and videos.
NewsDoc also has a tradition of attracting students from all over the world. This commitment to creating an intimate international group each year is the best newsroom setting we can imagine. Students partner on projects, share feedback, and foster a strong professional environment.
Classes include courses in reporting seminars, documentary criticism, ethics, digital newsroom, and university wide electives mainly in the 3rd semester. For more information about the courses available: http://journalism.nyu.edu/courses/
Tips for Applying
Information about the application process is here: http://journalism.nyu.edu/graduate/how-to-apply/ and here:http://gsas.nyu.edu/page/grad.admissionsapplication
Information about our ten areas of study is here: http://journalism.nyu.edu/graduate/
You may only apply to one area, and we typically only accept students for full-time study. We only offer admission to the fall term.The current application cycle is for fall 2015. The online application was available in September 2014 and the deadline was January 4th, 2015. News and Documentary is still accepting applications on a rolling basis, but as the deadline has passed you will not hear until there have been two rounds of previous offers, which should be in May.
Here is the tuition breakdown for the Graduate School of Arts and Science:
This page has a section called “International Students” on the right hand side of the page which describes some of the external financial aid available to international students.
There is also a website devoted to dealing with international student issues.
We have no prerequisite academic or professional experience requirements though all applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination, GRE.We look for results in the 90th percentile for the written and the verbal sections of the exam, and place less emphasis on the quantitative component.
If you can manage it, please feel free to come by during business hours for a tour. It’s also advisable to contact the director(s) of any program or concentration that interests you at the institute so that you can speak about the requirements and curriculum.
Lastly, here’s some information from the Graduate School of Arts and Science, of which we are a part, on living in NYC, http://gsas.nyu.edu/page/grad.life.livingnyc
Our journalism programs have been classified as STEM under the CIP Code 09.0702 – Digital Communications and Multimedia. This means that in addition to your one year of OPT on an F1 visa, you could potentially qualify for a two year extension. This will all be part of your F1 student visa. So you could potentially have three years to work in the U.S. after graduation.
You can find more information from our Office of Global Services. They will help you throughout your F1 visa application through to your OPT and OPT Stem extension application: https://www.nyu.edu/global/visa-and-immigration/students-and-alumni/alumni/extend-your-opt/stem-opt.html
Also, during school you’ll qualify for CPT after two semesters — which means you can do paid internships summer and fall. All of this is for students with F1 visas sponsored by NYU.
Information for international applicants is here: http://gsas.nyu.edu/
Journalism international students with F1 visas now qualify for up to 29 months of U.S. work authorization. Most students apply for post-completion OPT and will receive 12 months. Toward the end of the first 12-months of OPT, they can apply for a 17-month STEM extension if they are working for a company that uses the government’s eVerify system.
OGS information on this can be found through these links: http://www.nyu.edu/global/
As always, most F1 students can also qualify for CPT to complete paid internships for credit during the summer or third semester. Most students must wait until they’ve completed two semesters and register for academic internship credit to qualify for CPT — unless internships are required sooner as part of the program.
With respect to tuition fees, there is no distinction between the tuition costs for international students and domestic students. The distinction is that international students do not qualify for U.S. government-sponsored financial aid.
For international students, please make sure you visit NYU’s Office of Global Services online for more information.
*As of 2014, NewsDoc is now an approved STEM degree, meaning that international graduates from NewsDoc are eligible for up to 29-months of post graduation work visas through the STEM extension, which is unique to NYU Journalism. Contact the Office of Global Services for more information.*
Where Recent Journalism Grads Are Now
NYU Journalism Career Services has compiled a list of job news for some of our recent grads below.
Contessa Gayles News & Doc 2015
Contessa’s summer internship at CNNMoney led to a freelance production assistant gig in the fall and a recent promotion to associate producer.
Max Gorden BA 2014
Max will be a TV reporter for ABC affiliate WAOW in northern Wisconsin.
Dennis Hinzmann Mag 2015
After interning with Out Magazine, Dennis accepted their offer for an assistant editor role.
Brigit Katz Mag 2015
Brigit is the new staff writer for Women in the World, a digital collaboration with the New York Times showcasing women of impact.
Kuang Keng Kuek Ser Studio 20 2015
Out of fourteen-hundred applicants, Keng was one of eleven selected for Google’s competitive journalism fellowship.
Trent Jones Studio 20 2015
Trent joined The Root as an editorial assistant, launching an original digital series, Trent’s 2 Cents.
Jamiles Lartey GloJo 2015
Jamiles joins Guardian US as a researcher and writer for a special project on criminal justice and policing.
Amy Nordrum SHERP 2015
International Business Times hired Amy as a reporter covering the business of science.
Cynthia Orgel Mag 2015
Cynthia is getting in on the ground floor as associate editor for Creator, a new mobile magazine venture.
Cayleigh Parrish Studio 20 2015
Cayleigh stepped into an assistant editor role at Fast Company, after partnering with the company on her Studio 3 project.
Meg Storm BA 2013
Following an internship, Meg was hired as a beauty assistant at Town & Country, covering beauty, health, and wellness in print and online.
Madeline Welsh Studio 20 2015
Madeline was also awarded a Google fellowship and will be working at Harvard University’s Neiman Lab.
Lara Zarum CRC 2015
Lara secured a competitive fellowship with Voice Media after her on-campus interview in the fall.
Megan Zhang BA 2015
Megan will be an on-air reporter for TWC News in Corning/Elmira, NY.
Ellie Zhu Studio 20 2015
Ellie signed on to be a web producer for InvestmentNews.
NYU Journalism’s own Career Services team helps you succeed in the professional world of news media. Our experienced staff works one-on-one with students to review resumes, cover letters and broadcast reels, and secure quality, experience-building internships and jobs.
We also host dozens of exciting industry events, including workshops, recruiter info sessions and our annual journalism-only career fair, where NYU students have the chance to connect with hiring managers and prominent journalists (many of whom are NYU alums) from some of the top news organizations around the world.
Check out the latest Media Mingle event from Fall 2014
Often — as a direct result of these networking opportunities and strong contacts — NYU journalism students have landed jobs and internships at places like: ABC News (20/20, Nightline, World News with Diane Sawyer, etc.), Al Jazeera America, Associated Press, BBC.com, Bleacher Report, Bloomberg, CBS News (60 Minutes, 48 Hours, etc.), CNN (Amanpour, Documentary Unit, New York News Desk, UN, etc.), The Documentary Group, Fusion, The Futuro Media Group, Huffington Post and Huffington Post Live, NBC News (Dateline, NBCNews.com, Today Show, etc.), NY1, NYMag.com, New York Times (Metro Desk, NYT Magazine, Video, etc.), PBS, ProPublica, Quartz, Reuters, Slate, Storyhunter, Storyville Films, Time Inc., Univision, Us Weekly, VICE/HBO, Village Voice Media Group, Wall Street Journal/WSJLive, WNYC, and various production companies and TV affiliates across the country.
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