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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

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Instructors

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Joanne Gerstner 

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

Specialist
Michigan State University School of Journalism
23,918 Learners
5 Courses
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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
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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

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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 sources should trust us?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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Top reviews from Gathering and Developing the News

By HSNov 27th 2016

I like the course and the teachers. I don't like the peer review because most of the students don't work hard enough on their reviews. I do want the challenge and the feedback.

By RMMar 26th 2016

This course was a great follow up to the first one. Knowing where to go to find sources is very important. I was especially intrigued by the section on crowd-sourcing content.

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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