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Master's Programme in Investigative Journalism (MIJ)

David Crouch

Programme start: Autumn.
Language of instruction: English.
Academic credits: 60 hec


Short Summary

The one-year Master's Programme in Investigative Journalism (MIJ) provides a rich understanding of investigative journalism as a democratic phenomenon, plus the skills to conceive, design, conduct, deliver and publish effective journalistic investigations in today’s digital media environments.

As a student of the programme, you will sharpen and expand your journalistic skills and develop the tools and understanding to use the potential of modern media to hold the powerful to account.

About the Programme

Journalists are the watchdogs of democracy. With globalization placing extraordinary pressures on human societies, posing unprecedented threats from pollution, transnational criminals, rogue states and terror networks, climate change, and the actions of powerful figures in business and politics, the need for investigative journalism has never been greater. Our watchdogs are now forced to extend their investigations internationally. These developments demand a new understanding of how conditions for investigative reporting differ between countries in terms of regulation, risks, and the nature of corruption at all levels of society. They also require new journalistic methods, techniques, and transnational collaborations.

Preparing you for a changing industry

The master’s programme in Investigative Journalism provides knowledge and skills in investigative journalism in digital environments, with specialization in international perspectives, data journalism, and high-impact digital publishing. The programme is well established in the journalistic profession and the news industry, and developed in consultation with them. The goal is to prepare you for a changing news business through optimizing knowledge and skills that are essential in this turbulent market (data-driven journalism and visualization, project management, entrepreneurship, cross-sectional partnerships) but also fundamental journalistic values and ethics. You will develop the skills to monitor transnational institutions, business, and politics.

Combining practice with theory

We have an explicit pedagogical goal of moving away from the distinction between the academic and professional spheres that so often characterize vocational programmes. This is expressed by emphasizing the methodological and problematizing aspects of journalism, as well as the possibilities of applying scientific perspectives and research for journalistic purposes. This goal is also highlighted in the choice we provide you for your final degree project, which can be carried out as an investigative journalistic project or as an academic thesis. Each demands high requirements in using theoretical perspectives to formulate a relevant hypothesis, choosing the most suitable method to investigate it, and presenting the results with maximum impact.

Who Should Apply?

Are you a campaigner or activist who wants to hold the powerful to account? Do you work for an NGO or charity and want to harness the potential of modern media for your cause? Do you want to learn how to conceive, design, conduct, deliver, and publish effective journalistic investigations? If you want to sharpen, deepen, and expand your journalistic skills, then apply to the one-year master’s programme in Investigative Journalism.

After Graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Journalism specializing in investigative journalism.



David Crouch, Course Coordinator:

“When I first moved to Gothenburg it felt like I was in a northern wilderness on the edge of the planet. How wrong I was! Sweden's second city generates a constant stream of stories of international significance.

On the Master's at JMG we begin by introducing students to the news environment in the city from the point of view of foreign news outlets.

Recently a senior journalist at the Associated Press called me to ask if I was interested in helping them cover Scandinavia. During the conversation I found myself frequently talking about the work Master's students at JMG have been doing in their first semester, because it fits very well with what the AP is looking for.

As a practising freelance writer for the Guardian and other newspapers, I find that teaching improves my own journalism and inspires me to do more.”

David Crouch, one of the head teachers at the programme and also a freelance writer for the Guardian, Financial Times and New York Times.

Jenny Wiik, Programme Coordinator, 2016 – spring 2019:

“Journalists of today cannot be limited to national borders, which demands an overall understanding of the international arena and knowledge of how conditions for investigative reporting differ between countries.

The curriculum focuses on these issues, but equally important are the experiences and ideas the students exchange during the programme, as well as the networks they create when studying together. That will be very useful for them in the future.

This process has been quite amazing to observe and be a part of and I’m excited to follow this class to their exams and to welcome a new one in August.”

Jenny Wiik, programme coordinator 2016-2019, about the first batch of students at the programme.

Contact information MIJ

Study Administrator
Christina Jones
Phone: 46 (0)31 786 517946 (0)31 786 5179
E-mail: christina.jones@jmg.gu.se

Programme Coordinator
Ulla Sätereie
Phone: +46 (0)31 786 4999
E-mail: ulla.satereie@jmg.gu.se


Student investigations

Already from the start, the students investigate and report.

JMG a member of GIJN

The world's largest international organization for investigative journalism

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