Make an Investment in the Next Generation of Journalists
Since our founding 45 years ago during Berkeley’s watershed Free Speech Movement, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism has graduated more than 2,000 students, who have gone on to win virtually every major industry award and steer and populate the country’s top news organizations. One of the only remaining two-year journalism master’s programs in the country, it is also the only graduate-level journalism program in the vast, publicly funded University of California system.
A gift to the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley is a declaration. It says unequivocally that you believe journalism in the public interest matters and that training students not just in core skills, but in the ethics, professional competency and historical understandings that shape the civic mission of the press is critical to the future of this country.
When you give, your support says you want the news site or newspaper you read, and the broadcasts you watch or listen to, to be created by people who understand what it means to pursue mastery in journalism. Indeed, while journalists in this country aren’t licensed, when employers sees a Master of Journalism from Berkeley on a resume, they can trust the position will go to someone who has passed rigorous curriculum requirements in reporting, writing, and narrative storytelling, who has a firm grasp of fairness, decency and accuracy in reporting, and who’s committed to serving the public and keeping it informed and engaged.
Prospective journalists apply to Cal because they know of our decades-long commitment to public service journalism and they seek to study directly under some of the most respected journalists working today. Yet each spring, superb applicants who clearly meet our intellectual and academic standards must decline our invitation to learn with us because we haven’t been able to offer them sufficient financial aid.
- Berkeley’s documentary program is widely considered one of the strongest and most important graduate documentary programs in the U.S.
- Our graduate students often win more national student Emmys for documentary than those of any other university program in the country. They’ve also won many Student Oscars, and alongside alumni, have routinely had premier screenings at the top film festivals in the world: Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, and Tribeca.
- Our Investigative Reporting Program (IRP), led by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Lowell Bergman was the first non-profit newsroom run within an American university. In 2014, the IRP's year-long investigation into sexual violence against field workers won both a prestigious Alfred I. duPont Award (only the second time that a university-led program has been distinguished with a duPont Award) and the Robert F. Kennedy Award, the country’s most prestigious prize for social-justice journalism.
- Michael Pollan, a national leader in journalism on the science and policy of food and agriculture has taught at the J-School for more than a decade. He is the author of four New York Times bestsellers. In 2010, Time Magazine named Pollan one of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009 he was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders.”
- Select current faculty and instructors include Michael Pollan, Cynthia Gorney, Lowell Bergman, Richard Koci Hernandez, Adam Hochschild, Lydia Chavez, Deirdre English, Jon Else, Paul Grabowicz, Joan Bieder, Tom Goldstein and Ken Light.
- Select past faculty include Marlon T. Riggs, Edwin Bayley, Bernard Taper, Ben Bagdikian and Andrew Stern.
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School of Journalism Fund