Created by:  Michigan State University

  • Joanne Gerstner

    Taught by:  Joanne Gerstner, Sports Journalist in Residence

    Michigan State University School of Journalism

  • Jeremy Steele

    Taught by:  Jeremy Steele, Specialist

    Michigan State University School of Journalism

  • David Poulson

    Taught by:  David Poulson, Instructor

    School of Journalism

  • Eric Freedman

    Taught by:  Eric Freedman, Instructor

    School of Journalism

  • Joe Grimm

    Taught by:  Joe Grimm, Instructor

    School of Journalism

  • Lucinda D. Davenport

    Taught by:  Lucinda D. Davenport, Director & Professor

    School of Journalism
Basic Info
Commitment5 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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Average User Rating 4.5See what learners said

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Rated 4.5 out of 5 of 15 ratings

Great course! Not too hard, not too easy. The guided writing of a news report is very well done, and provides good support.

an excellent course in order to start a career as a professional Journalist. Thank you all

Excellent opportunity to show off the skill sets learned . As a returning journalist, I knocked off the rust and picked up a few new skills. Deadlines, which you live on in the industry help you get acquainted with performing work on a tight schedule. This class along with the other offered MSU Journalism Specialization courses will give you what you'll need to get a foot in the door.

Overall this course was great but I wish that the timeline was a little clearer from the get-go. I had to rush at the end because I didn't realize week 2 was for finding sources, week 3 was for contacting them, week 4 was for interviews, etc...

If the MSU staff could have given their feedback on our final projects, that would have been another plus, but I know it's difficult with so many students.