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University of Nevada, Reno - Reynolds School of Journalism

About this program

You’ve shared your expertise, you’ve promoted an understanding of America abroad, now learn the media skills to help Americans understand the world they live in. Our Master’s Degree in Media Innovation will help you to develop a deep understanding of how journalism is changing, as well as to become familiar with a wide range of new tools and techniques for media creation. You will practice user-centered design thinking to develop new ways of considering–and practicing– journalism and strategic communication. You will hone your skills in social media, with an entrepreneurial focus, and learn about advanced methods of participatory and networked communication.

The Reynolds School takes a global approach to media. We have made a particular investment in Spanish-language media and have faculty who have lived, worked or produced on every continent except Antarctica. From our location at the base of the Sierra Nevada, we offer an unparalleled array of outdoor recreational opportunities, from snowboarding in the mountains above Lake Tahoe to hiking to remote hot springs in the desert.

  • Year partnership began: 2018
  • Fellowships awarded per year (average): 1 or 2, possibly up to 4

Application requirements

  • Recent GRE scores (exempt if already an advanced degree holder)
  • All collegiate transcripts
  • State of Intent
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Writing samples, if available

Admissions process

When you are notified about the decision regarding your admission to the MA program, we will also inform you about your status as a Coverdell Fellow

Degrees awarded

Master of Arts in Journalism

Benefits and opportunities

In-state Out-of-state
Tuition and fees $10,345 $31,628
Value of fellowship $24,104 $45,387
Net cost $0 + additional benefits $0 + additional benefits

Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing. See cost savings details for more.

Estimated annual cost of living: $15,910

Cost savings details

50% tuition waiver, plus 15-hour-per-week teaching assistantship. CLICK HERE to view full Graduate Student Budget information. 


During your summer practicum, you will provide much-needed assistance to an impoverished and/or socially disadvantaged community where the combination of your PCV experience and your newly-acquired knowledge and skills from the classroom will make your contribution especially meaningful. Through this 150-hour practicum, Coverdell Fellows at the Reynolds School contribute to the Third Goal of Peace Corps by bringing their unique experiences to parts of the United States where they are needed most. Local organizations with whom you may serve include Northern Nevada HOPES, a nonprofit community health center located in downtown Reno. Another local agency is the Children’s Cabinet, whose mission is to keep children safe and families together by providing services and resources that address unmet needs.

Other opportunities

50% of tuition, Three (3) TAs awarded annually. Some Fellows may be offered a 20-hour-per-week teaching assistantship. 

Jobs for alumni

Associate Editor, Reno News and Review

Digital Marketing Manager, Flood Marketing

Initiatives Coordinator for Nevada Land Trust

Public Outreach Specialist for the Nevada Department of Transportation

Membership Coordinatory, Reno Public Radio

Nontraditional options

Most of the required classes are offered in later afternoon. 

Contact information

Patrick File
Graduate Program Director




[email protected]


Reynold School of Journalism, 103D
1664 N Virginia St, MS 310
Reno, NV 89557-0310