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Approx. 12 hours to complete

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Learner Career Outcomes

50%

started a new career after completing these courses

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

20%

got a pay increase or promotion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Instructors

Image of instructor, Joanne Gerstner

Joanne Gerstner 

Sports Journalist in Residence
Michigan State University School of Journalism
23,918 Learners
5 Courses
Image of instructor, Jeremy Steele

Jeremy Steele 

Specialist
Michigan State University School of Journalism
23,918 Learners
5 Courses
Image of instructor, David Poulson

David Poulson 

Instructor
School of Journalism
23,918 Learners
5 Courses
Image of instructor, Eric Freedman

Eric Freedman 

Instructor
School of Journalism
23,918 Learners
5 Courses
Image of instructor, Joe Grimm

Joe Grimm 

Instructor
School of Journalism
23,918 Learners
5 Courses
Image of instructor, Lucinda D. Davenport

Lucinda D. Davenport 

Director & Professor
School of Journalism
23,918 Learners
5 Courses

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Capstone news report portfolio: the start!

3 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 5 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Formats for news reports2m
3 readings
Setting up your Capstone portfolio10m
The Capstone news report structure10m
News report refresher and concepts10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Capstone news report portfolio: News gathering

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 17 min)
3 videos
What are sources?5m
Rules for dealing with sources8m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Capstone news report portfolio: Interviewing sources

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 15 min)
3 videos
Interview preparation6m
Executing interviews6m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Capstone news report portfolio: Assembling your news

5 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Using quotes effectively11m
Multimedia and you4m
Developing leads4m
2 readings
Tips for sorting newsgathering10m
News report structure checklist10m

About the Become a Journalist: Report the News! Specialization

This Specialization will develop and enhance your understanding of the global field of journalism. You'll learn best practices and ethical standards for newsgathering processes and compiling a news report through hands-on projects, peer-to-peer feedback, and issue exploration. You will also study journalism's impact on societal issues and trends, plus explore career opportunities in newspapers, magazine, social media, Internet multimedia, television, radio, corporate and community journalism. The final Capstone project will guide you through the journalistic portfolio process, where you will conceptualize, report and complete a professional-quality news report....
Become a Journalist: Report the News!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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