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UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Coordinates: 37°52′29.79″N 122°15′34.05″W / 37.8749417°N 122.2594583°W / 37.8749417; -122.2594583

University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
TypePublic Professional School
DeanEdward Wasserman
Students107 Full Time[2]
Location, ,

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is a graduate professional school on the campus of University of California, Berkeley. It is among the top graduate journalism schools in the United States, and is designed to produce journalists with a two-year Master of Journalism (MJ) degree.

The program is located in UC Berkeley's North Gate Hall, near the intersection of Euclid and Hearst Avenues in Berkeley, CA. As of January 1, 2013, it is being served by dean Edward Wasserman, a former Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University.[3] Wasserman replaced professor Neil Henry, who stepped down from his dean position in August 2011 for medical reasons.[4][5][6] Most courses offered by the school are on the graduate level, with few official courses for undergraduates. The school enrolls approximately 100 students; 50 first-year and 50 second-year students, and is one of the smallest academic units on the campus of UC Berkeley.

The school serves host to, or sponsors, a number of events. Notable speakers from around the world have shared their insights on current events in the media. Recent speakers have included Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Robert McNamara, Hans Blix, George Soros, Cokie Roberts, Paul Krugman, Dan Rather, Bob Woodruff, Ira Glass and Robert Krulwich.[7]


The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism focuses on thirteen areas of journalism. They include business reporting, documentary film, environmental and science journalism, international reporting, investigative reporting, magazine, multimedia, newspaper, photojournalism, political reporting, radio, television or broadcast media and Urban Reporting.[8]

The school has stated a clear mission of providing students a hands-on approach to journalism.[9] While many graduate journalism schools have programs that are more theory-oriented, Berkeley focuses on offering students real world experiences and currently requires every student to perform an internship at a media outlet as a degree requirement—preferably between their first and second year of study.[10]

Every student is also required to take an introductory news reporting course called J200, (named after its course designation.) J200 is formulated for students to delve into the world of all forms of journalism, but specifically writing, by covering stories on local events. Print, or written journalism, is often considered the foundation of all news media, and teaches students the fundamentals in news gathering and production for a mass audience. Stories written by students are published in one of three hyperlocal news websites that are run by the school: MissionLocal, OaklandNorth and RichmondConfidential.

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In the newsEdit

In 2015, the estate of photographer Jim Marshall created the Jim Marshall Fellowships in Photography at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism's Center for Photography.[22]

China expert and author Orville Schell served as dean of the school from 1996 to the summer of 2007. Before Schell, Thomas Goldstein served as dean from 1988 until he left to become the dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. He stepped down from that position after five years, despite being credited for increasing endowments for that school from $54 million to $84 million over his short stint there. He is currently teaching a news writing class at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Pulitzer Prize-winning American media critic Ben Bagdikian also served as a past dean of the UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

In 1981, actress Carol Burnett won a $1.6 million (later reduced to $800,000) libel award from The National Enquirer over an article that she said implied she had been intoxicated in a Washington restaurant. She donated a portion of that to the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism saying she hoped the suit would teach aspiring journalists the dangers of defaming individuals in articles. The money was used to fund law and ethics courses.

North Gate HallEdit

The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is housed in North Gate Hall, a designated National Historic Landmark in the National Register of Historic Places. It is located immediately southeast of the intersection of Euclid and Hearst avenues in Berkeley, Calif., on the campus of UC Berkeley.

The name is derived from the general area in front of the school called "North Gate," represented by two stone pillars. It serves as the northern most entrance of the primary University compound, and is opposite to Sather Gate, the southern most entrance of the University.

North Gate Hall was built in 1904 as a 1,800-square-foot (170 m2) building known at the time as the "Ark" to house the architectural department. The building cost $4,394.59 to construct and consisted of an atelier, office for John Galen Howard and an architectural library with volumes donated by Phoebe Apperson Hearst -- mother to William Randolph Hearst.

The building was one of many on campus which did not follow the typical Beaux-Arts architectural style, which had been regarded the most cultured, beautiful and "scientific" style of the cultural establishment at the time. Instead, the building was made only to be temporary, non-academic, or not particularly "serious." Other such buildings in the shingle or "Collegiate Gothic" style on campus include: North Gate Hall, Dwinelle Annex, Stephens Hall and the Men's Faculty Club.

A second addition to the Ark was completed in 1908, increasing the size of the building to 3,400 square feet (320 m2). The new addition was built further up the hill (easterly) and houses what is known today as the Greenhouse and upper and lower newsrooms.

In 1936, Walter Steilberg designed a library wing composed of reinforced concrete-panel, a stark contrast to the dark shingled appearance of the original building.

In 1957, the architecture school was united with the departments of Landscape Architecture, City and regional Planning, and Decorative Arts to form the College of Environmental Design. The "Ark" was relocated to Wurster Hall in 1964, and the building was renamed the Engineering Research Services Building. It later was renamed "North Gate Hall," and served as the location for the Graduate School of Journalism.

North Gate Hall was occupied by the journalism school in 1981.[23]

In 1993 the building underwent extensive seismic renovations causing uproar from Berkeley preservationists who had saved the building from destruction 17 years earlier. It was reported by the San Francisco Chronicle that dry rot had set into much of the building. Damage from aging was so bad, one teacher said he could puncture a supporting column with his fountain pen. It was classified as Berkeley campus' most vulnerable buildings in an earthquake.


  1. ^ "The Journalism School" North Gate History. Accessed 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ "Demographics". University of California, Berkeley School of Journalism. Retrieved 2015-01-14.
  3. ^ "Edward Wasserman". UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism Website. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  4. ^ Romenesko, Jim. "Henry steps down as dean of Berkeley J-School". Poynter.
  5. ^ Romenesko, Jim. "Ed Wasserman is the new dean of Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism". Romenesko.
  6. ^ Maclay, Kathleen (7 December 2012). "Media ethicist Edward Wasserman to become new journalism school dean". UC Berkeley Newscenter. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Events Page". UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
  8. ^ "Program page". UC Berkeley Journalism Website.
  9. ^ "Admissions Page". UC Berkeley Journalism Website.
  10. ^ "Degree Requirements". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  11. ^ "Geeta Anand". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  12. ^ "Lowell Bergman". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  13. ^ "Lydia Chavez". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  14. ^ "Elena Conis". Personal Webpage.
  15. ^ "Mark Danner". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  16. ^ "Bill Drummond". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  17. ^ "Richard Koci Hernandez". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  18. ^ "Michael Pollan". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  19. ^ "Dawn Porter". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  20. ^ "John Temple". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
  21. ^ "Edward Wasserman". UC Berkeley Journalism Webpage.
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