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English

Subtitles: English, Greek, Arabic

Learner Career Outcomes

33%

started a new career after completing these courses

38%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

17%

got a pay increase or promotion

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 13 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Greek, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

21 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Michigan State School of Journalism!

21 minutes to complete
4 videos (Total 16 min)
4 videos
The Michigan State School of Journalism4m
Meet your School of Journalism faculty6m
This is Michigan State University1m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Earning and keeping trust

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 28 min), 3 readings, 7 quizzes
7 videos
The importance of accuracy4m
Finding balance in a world that tilts3m
Transparency and dealing with mistakes6m
Is seeing believing?5m
Sensationalism in journalism2m
What is propaganda?1m
3 readings
Global journalistic ethics10m
National Press Photographers Association guidelines10m
Readings in plagiarism10m
7 practice exercises
Credibility, fairness...and you10m
Earning and keeping trust6m
Is seeing believing?8m
Reflection on sensationalism2m
Is it propaganda or journalism when ...10m
Is it plagiarism?14m
Trust and credibility quiz2m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Connecting with audiences and communities

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 20 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
First things first: your lead4m
Point-of-view journalism6m
1 reading
Frameworks for POV journalism10m
2 practice exercises
Elements of a good lead6m
Connecting community and content6m
Week
4

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Forms of journalism and their purposes

7 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 8 quizzes
6 videos
Features6m
Sports6m
National and international news9m
Science and environmental news1m
Opinion writing9m
1 reading
Advice from a journalism recruiter10m
5 practice exercises
What is Sports Journalism?4m
Pre-lecture question: Can opinions be news?2m
opinion writing6m
Reflection on your path in journalism2m
News report ideas and development4m

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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