Today broadcast journalism and multimedia production are in the midst of a revolution in the way news is covered and will be covered in the future. It is driven predominantly by two factors: technology and economics. One or two individuals are gradually replacing the traditional “teams” of professionals that were formally used to cover a story. Digital cameras and laptop editing are making this former model of news coverage obsolete. The digital journalist and production specialist is emerging as the model of the future.

BJMP students will focus on this new concept and be ready to enter the workforce. Throughout the program students will develop the technical, editorial and theoretical skills necessary for preparation as a digital journalist and production specialist. Emphasis will be placed on research, writing, ethics, interviewing, reporting, recording video and audio, editing, and producing. The digital journalist and production specialist must not only master all of these skills, but also be prepared to work in all of the emerging formats of “new media.” Hands on classes will guide students through distinct photo, video, studio and field event projects that will incorporate all of the necessary skills required for your professional career.

The Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production (BJMP) program at SHU is an intensive hands-on approach to learning for the Broadcast Journalist, Photojournalist, Videographer, Documentary Filmmaker, and Television Production Specialist.

The program is broken into six eight-week segments that offer the student the opportunity to explore their interests and master their craft. Students can finish as quickly as one year by taking classes two nights each week, or in two years by taking classes one night each week.

Students are also issued a MacBook Pro laptop and software to keep after graduation and are issued a personal DSLR kit for the duration of the program.


BJMP students create real-world multimedia productions for actual organizations, businesses, publications or media outlets. This practical focus on hands-on learning with the latest technologies in a professional context, gives students the experience and portfolio they need to compete and excel in the ever-changing 21st century communications and media industries. This track is for students interested broader skill set that includes: Photography, Videography, TV Production, Studio Management, Multimedia Production, Post-Production Video and Editing. This program is broken into six eight-week segments that offer the student the opportunity to explore their interests and master their craft.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupation Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition places jobs for communication and public relations specialists in its highest “much faster than average” growth category, projecting that employment opportunities will increase for communication specialists by 24 percent from 2008 to 2018. The New York Times has also reported on the “fundamental transformation” in the news industry toward “‘digital journalists’ who produce, record and edit much of their material.” The BJMP degree program will supply the communications, public relations and news industries with its next generation of professional communicators in ways that only a media studies program with a strong digital multimedia production component like ours can.

Students graduate with a portfolio of digital multimedia materials that demonstrates to potential employers that BJMP graduates are highly skilled communicators with advanced training in the latest media technologies. BJMP students build their professional resumes as their work is distributed, broadcast and/or published through various media outlets while earning their degrees.

In addition, cameras in both the Forum and the Media Theater are wired to the control rooms, enabling students to produce professional multi-camera, live-streamed programs.


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Joe Alicastro
Director - Broadcast Journalism and Media Production Master's Program
Joseph Alicastro is a veteran Producer of NBC News. As NBC’s Rome Bureau Chief, he traveled extensively around the globe covering breaking news, including the fall of the B...
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Richard Falco
Coordinator of Multimedia Journalism
Richard Falco is the President of Vision Project, an organization dedicated to the development of documentary photography, investigative journalism, film and education. For th...
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Admission Requirements

No previous media production experience or communications coursework is required to complete the BJMP Program, and we encourage all motivated learners from any undergraduate major or career to apply. Accepted students will take an online pre-assessment survey and, if necessary, will attend the appropriate BJMP training workshops to ensure their success in the program.

The following documents must be submitted and will be considered when applying:

  • Online Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended. Sacred Heart University students and alumni may authorize the Office of Graduate Admissions to obtain their official SHU transcripts on their behalf
  • Personal statement: a one-page statement describing career goals and reasons for interest in the program. Please include your intended concentration area within your essay.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume


The address to which all documents can be sent is:

Sacred Heart University
Office of Graduate Admissions
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statements and Resumes can be sent via email to:

Ed Nassr
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Fax: 203-365-4732
Phone: 203-396-6877

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