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Submit a Master’s Project

Who Can Submit

The Department of Journalism only publishes materials about work conducted under the auspices of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. For additional information, please contact Joanne Straley at

How to Submit a Project

  1. Make sure your project in an acceptable format as follows:
    Writing (non web-based): Rich Text Format (RTF), or Adobe Acrobat (PDF). If you use a word-processing program other than Microsoft Word, look for an "export" or "save as" option in your program to save it as an RTF file. We can accept Projects in Microsoft Word.
    Audio: .wav, .aiff, .mp3, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .ogg,
    Photos: .jpeg, .jpg, .tiff, .psd
    Television: .mov, .m4v, .mp4.
    Documentary: Your full film will not appear on eScholarship due to copyright rules and regulations. You can upload a trailer (.mov) if you have one, and follow instructions in#2 and #3 for the information we want about your project.
    Website: Select “view” then “page source” for your website, then copy and paste .html plus any links to style sheets and images. Your files can include the following .html, .css, .php, .js, .ico, .txt, .jpg, .gif, .png, .flv, .swf, .f4v,.mov, .m4v, .mp4, .mp3, .pdf. Be sure include at least one screenshot (.png or. jpg) Note the different language used in different browsers:
    Chrome it is "view" --> "Developer" --> "view source".
    Safari it is "View" --> "Page Source".
    Internet Explorer it is "View" --> "Source"
    If you have questions, please contact Joanne Straley at
  2. Write an abstract for your project. It can be any length, 500 words would be appropriate. If your project has a URL, include it just after the title of your abstract. Please also select keywords. These are words that will help a user locate your paper through a search.
  3. When you have all your materials ready, as outlined in #1 and #2, create an account in the publishing system.
  4. Once you have created an account, you must return to this page and click here before logging in to submit your project. If you do not use this special link, you will not have access to submit to the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
  5. After logging in, you will arrive on the publication type screen. If you are uploading Writing (non web-based) select the Preprints option. For all other content types, select the Non-textual media option. For either selection, you will then need to choose "Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism" from the Select an ORU or unit menu, then select "Recent work" from the Series menu. Click continue.
  6. On the pages that follow you will need to do the following:
    • First you will be presented with an overview of the remaining steps in the submission process. Click continue
    • Next you will need to accept the Author Agreement. Click continue
    • On the Authors page that follows, provide information about all applicable authors, including affiliation (Journalism and UC Berkeley); and your email address. (Note that providing your email address will enable you to receive usage statistics regarding your project.) You will also need to answer the questions in the Status section. Click continue.
    • On the Upload page, you will provide a Title, Publication Date, Abstract, Disciplines (choose at least one), and Keywords.
      • In the File section, upload your primary file. Your primary file must be either a word processing document (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, etc.) or a PDF. If you intend to upload non-textual media (such as a video or audio file), you must upload a text-based description of your project in this section.
      • The Supplemental file(s) section is where you will upload your non-textual media (such as a video or audio file, or other items as outlined above under #1). Be sure to upload every file we will need to display your project.
    • Once you have uploaded your files, click continue.
    • A "Processing" page will appear briefly, followed by a summary of your submission's metadata. Review this information carefully, then click the Submit button to complete your submission.
  7. If two or more students worked as a team on one Master’s Project, each student will do a unique upload to eScholarship. The projects, abstract, files, etc. will be identical, but each student must have their own unique entry.
  8. If you have any questions, contact Joanne Straley at

Overview of the Process

After you submit your project Joanne Straley will review and publish it on the site. You will be notified by e-mail when the paper is posted.

How to Revise Your Project

If you publish this project or a revised version elsewhere, for example in a magazine, please send the citation of the new version to Joanne Straley at We will be able to inform repository users about the new version.

If you would like to post a revised version of your project on the site, please follow the instructions in "How to Submit"; however, please specify when you submit the paper that it is a revision of a previously submitted paper.