Mission Statement and Student Learning Outcomes

The Digital Journalism and Design fully-online masters program prepares recent graduates and practicing professionals to excel in the exciting field of digital journalism and in other media- or communication-related fields.

We are seeking initial accreditation for our DJD program, and we have aligned our learning compact to ACEJMC’s core values and competencies.

Much of the language below comes from The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Content/Discipline Skills
  1. Technology: Students will apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions in which they work, and to understand the digital world.
  2. Law: Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the country in which the institution that invites ACEJMC is located, as well as receive instruction in and understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievance.
Communication Skills
  1. Visual Literacy: Students will understand and apply principles from photography, videography and design to engage in effective visual communication.
  2. Editing: Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
  3. Numbers: Apply basic numerical and statistical concepts.
Critical Thinking Skills
  1. Critical Thinking Skills: Students will think critically, creatively and independently.
  2. Research: Students will conduct research and evaluate information by methods appropriate to the communications professions in which they work.
Civic Engagement
  1. History: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the history and role of professionals and institutions in shaping communications.
Multiculturalism / Diversity
  1. Diversity: Students will demonstrate an understanding of gender, race ethnicity, sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications.