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Learner Career Outcomes

40%

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33%

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Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level
Approx. 27 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

16 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Michigan State School of Journalism

16 minutes to complete
4 videos (Total 16 min)
4 videos
The Michigan State School of Journalism4m
Meet your School of Journalism faculty6m
#SpartansWill1m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Earning and Keeping Trust

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Undercover reporting and deception4m
Fairness and balance5m
Plagiarism & fabrication6m
1 reading
Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics10m
3 practice exercises
Undercover reporting and deception6m
Understanding fairness and balance6m
Earning and keeping trust6m
Week
3

Week 3

9 hours to complete

Tough Calls

9 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 23 min)
4 videos
Disaster situations6m
Tensions between journalists and news sources6m
Journalists and privacy rights5m
4 practice exercises
Understanding conflict of interest6m
Violence, disaster and tragedy6m
Relationships with news sources6m
Understanding privacy6m
Week
4

Week 4

9 hours to complete

International Journalism

9 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 36 min)
4 videos
Journalist safety & press rights defenders6m
The life of international correspondents12m
Covering world news from home6m
3 practice exercises
Understanding national press systems4m
Understanding journalists' safety6m
Reporting about world news from home4m

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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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