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Learner Career Outcomes

67%

started a new career after completing these courses

44%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Approx. 16 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Earning and keeping trust

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 25 min)
4 videos
Why should journalists use sources?6m
Obstacles to reporting8m
Why should sources should trust journalists?4m
4 practice exercises
What are sources?4m
Why use sources?4m
Reporting obstacles4m
Working with sources8m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Types of sources

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 27 min)
4 videos
Rules for dealing with sources8m
Protecting sources4m
News Literacy5m
5 practice exercises
Sources and diversity6m
Rules for dealing with sources4m
Protecting sources6m
News literacy and the public6m
Sourcing areas for journalists4m
Week
3

Week 3

7 hours to complete

Interviewing

7 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading, 8 quizzes
4 videos
How to conduct effective interviews6m
How to conduct person-on-the-street interviews3m
Working with trauma survivors9m
1 reading
Interviewing scientists and others10m
5 practice exercises
Interview prep4m
Conducting the interview6m
Person-on-the-street interviews4m
Survivors of trauma4m
The interview8m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Tools for finding sourcing

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 28 min)
4 videos
How journalists use social media7m
Using documents6m
How to navigate press conferences8m
5 practice exercises
Crowd sourcing4m
Social media and finding sources4m
Using documents4m
Press Conferences4m
Tools for Finding Sources4m

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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!

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