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Technology, Media, and Communications

For those interested in digital technology and writing skills as well as internet governance, communication, and the role of the media in advocacy, development, and human rights. 

The TMaC specialization is for students with a particular interest in writing and communication who want practical skills to equip themselves for careers in today’s digital workplace. Our goal is to help students develop strong abilities in video, data visualization, reporting/research, and writing, as well as an understanding of the global media and digital technology. We offer courses on the role of internet governance, digital activism, e-government, and digital diplomacy.

Digital technologies have transformed all the areas that SIPA students care about, including advocacy, media, and internet policy. The TMaC specialization is suitable for students in all concentrations, especially those who want to become better writers and learn practical skills (such as video and data visualization) to help them work in development, communications policymaking, media, journalism, human rights, business, or government.

Anya Schiffrin

Career Paths

Many of our students pursue careers in public affairs, journalism, and working for government and international organizations. Past graduates are employed by Bloomberg, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economist, Google, Facebook, Human Rights Watch, Interamerican Development Bank, the New York Times, UNICEF, UNDP, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, and several governments around the world.

Curriculum & Courses

TMaC students have a wide range of interests, so our courses make it easy to select from a range of subjects, including video skills, data visualization, speech writing, data scraping, and using social media for campaigning. Award-winning journalists teach many of our writing courses, emphasizing reporting and how to communicate clearly and effectively.

TMaC also considers the effect that the digital revolution is having on international affairs and government, as well as the policies and practices that can help new technologies promote development, human rights, and social change. As such, we offer courses on design thinking, digital diplomacy, e-government, digital activism and surveillance, and the regulatory and policy questions surrounding digital technology.

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Specialization Requirements

Students enrolled in the TMaC specialization must take three courses of their choosing but may take more if their schedule permits.

We don’t have required courses or tracks because our students are interested in a wide range of subjects. We tweak our course listings each year in response to what students, alumni, and employers tell us is important for today’s workplace.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Anya Schiffrin

Specialization Director

IAB Room 1319

[email protected]