Become a Journalist: Report the News! Specialization
Launch Your Journalism Career. Develop journalistic skills for print, broadcast and social media platforms.
About This 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.
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- Beginner Specialization.
- No prior experience required.
What is news?Current session: Mar 19
About the CourseThis 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
Gathering and Developing the NewsCurrent session: Mar 19
- 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
About the CourseJournalists develop information through interviews and sources. The most successful journalists quickly master these important skill sets. The production of journalism relies on several elements: newsgathering, interviewing sources, researching an
Effectively delivering the news to your audienceCurrent session: Mar 19
- 4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
About the CourseBeing a successful journalist is more than hunting down information. How journalists process the information, then put it together, are key steps for news reports. You will learn the process, planning, requirements of how journalists develop their news
Journalism, the future, and you!Upcoming session: Mar 26
- 5 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
About the CourseYou will learn about the career paths that are available in journalism, and what opportunities the skill sets of a journalist can offer in other fields. You will explore areas such as being an international correspondent, self-publi
Capstone: Create your own professional journalistic portfolioUpcoming session: May 7
- 5 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
About the Capstone ProjectThis is it! It is time for YOU to be the journalist, and practice and display the skills you have learned through this Specialization journey. You will create your own professional journalistic portfolio, culminating in the creation of your own new
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Lucinda D. Davenport
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