“It’s a kickass time to be a journalist right now.”

And Jeff Howe, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern, wants to prove it, with the help of a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation and a new media innovation graduate program at the University.

The track, announced Tuesday, will go toward tailoring the Master’s of Arts in journalism, and is designed to help mid-career journalists develop skills capable of meeting the demands of the 21st-century digital newsroom, such as coding, information visualization, videography, database management and game design. Howe described the program as “utilitarian” — one where any dissatisfied journalist could come and take up new skills to advance their career.

Howe, a veteran of the industry whose work has been published in The New Yorker, Wired, TIME and the New York Times, will serve as director of the Media Innovation Program. The curriculum will span three semesters, and force students to come in with a specific project or skill they want to obtain in mind.