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Learner Career Outcomes

40%

started a new career after completing these courses

33%

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.

Beginner Level

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

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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By SRJun 30th 2018

Fantastic Class! I have a BA in Journalism and I felt the Coursera/MSU SoJ Classes were indeed tougher and give a much better example of 'real world' than you will find in most class rooms.

By VSDec 7th 2016

Genuine course, which makes budding journalists aware about the dangers involved, dedication required, & precautions to be taken, as well as importance of business aspect in journalism.

Instructors

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Joanne Gerstner 

Sports Journalist in Residence
Michigan State University School of Journalism
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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
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Eric Freedman 

Instructor
School of Journalism
23,918 Learners
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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
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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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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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