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About the Course

This course will guide you through the basic elements of professional journalism and the news values and ethics of covering real-world issues and events. The overview and examples of the types of news coverage helps introduce the different types of journalism, such as social media, multimedia, print, visual and broadcast, and how professional journalists effectively use each format....

Top reviews

Apr 26, 2020

Very good because it is taught about all the basics of journalists. Various case studies also train me to be able to think more with the mindset of a journalist. I highly recommend this class.

Jun 7, 2020

I really enjoyed learning all of the different parts dealing with Journalism. I thought that the videos and the light reading made for a great learning experience. Thanks, Denise Shannon.

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By Jose A

Jun 8, 2020

Quizzes are a little bit too easy, but the info is definitely valuable.

By Raquel F

Aug 2, 2019

The debates were introductory. I would like something deeper.

By Isabel S

Apr 25, 2016

Awesome opportunity to update your journalistic skills.

By Jack M

Jul 17, 2017

I found it informative and a good place to start.

By Corissa J P

Jun 30, 2021

This is a good introduction to journalism!

By Sritam D

Apr 27, 2020

Foundational course about Journalism.

By Melwyn S P

Jul 5, 2020

The course was pretty useful.

By Nikita R S

May 21, 2020

Could have been longer


Oct 24, 2020

Love this course.

By Mohamed Z R

Mar 11, 2016


By Daniele L

May 23, 2016

The course is a well thought and masterfully set of lessons on the main principle of journalism: it talks ethics starting from maybe old concepts that surprisingly are still fitting today.

Being a basic course, it is very easy to follow and finish. Quizzes are alternating between very good and very bad. Tough ethical decisions and a space to discuss them is a really great thing, but peer grading two phrases essays with only the ability of telling yes or no doesn't make for a good use of the crowdsourcing the very course is advocating.

The videos seem to have been made with an indecent knowledge of the technology, especially for journalists who are supposed to use it daily; green screens were used so badly as some parts of the professors "spark white", and slides are often cut away and put back in view while the teacher is talking about it, which was downright infuriating.

It still qualifies for a very good opening course in journalism, but needs serious improvement.

By Eva G

Apr 18, 2016

A little bit to basic and some informations are useless beause they are part of the common knowledge. I also find quite a few technical issues when trying it in the first termin.

By Lijuan Z

Mar 12, 2019

There some technical issues with this course:

the assignment and preview is not working! makes it impossible to complete the course.

By Maria G

Apr 10, 2018

I feel we are learning between student, is a big lack of intervention from the University crew in the discussion forums.

By Lahiru P

Dec 2, 2019

This course needs updating to reflect the significance of online journalism more. Certain content needs more depth


Mar 4, 2016

It is a good introductory course, but the technical aspect for this module is bad...

By Chris J

Feb 6, 2021

Nice intro and a very conceptual overview on news and journalism


Sep 17, 2020

Great Course

Nice working and studying with the team

I appreciate

By Asmita T

Sep 6, 2020

it was good but not that informative as expected

By Celine V

Apr 17, 2016

interesting and clear.

By 吳艾蓁 A W

Jul 3, 2018


By Stephanie K

Nov 4, 2020

Great introduction to the basics of journalism.

The course would really benefit from real moderation though, too many people write empty assignments, that really makes me wonder about the value of having the same certificate that they will get, despite actually putting the effort into it.

By Anton B

Apr 19, 2020

There must be some selective sorting for the peer-reviewed sections. Some folks are not coming close to addressing the prompts.

By Jo

Apr 23, 2016

Staff are incredibly arrogant bordering on aggressive. The very worst of the pontificating profession - and what we long term learners and educators know to be all too common. I couldn't stand it so I stopped. Would never recommend.

By Alejandro M P

Jul 8, 2019

Poco relevante y superficial