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So You Think You’re a Journalist? Check Out These FREE Online Courses From Renowned Universities!

Courses from Michigan State University (All FREE):

I. What is news?

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.

II. Gathering and Developing the News

Journalists 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 and trying to find as much information as possible. The course will also teach you how to where to find information, interviewing skills and how to process information from various sources for publication.

III. Effectively delivering the news to your audience

Being 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 reports. There are many ways to report news reports, and you will learn different forms of how to perform reporting and writing to serve different audiences. This course also explains the different formats within journalism, beyond the written word and how they are best utilized.

Courses from Berkeleyx (All FREE):

English for Journalists Part 1

Students with a basic understanding and interest in journalism are encouraged to sign up. In this communication course, you will learn about key topics that are essential to journalists working around the world:

  • The job of the journalist
  • Ethics in journalism
  • Inclusive journalism
  • Local vs. Global journalism
  • Citizen journalism

This course is being offered by UC Berkeley as part of the U.S. Department of State’s MOOC Camp and is free to audit.

English for Journalists Part 2

Students with a basic understanding and interest in journalism are encouraged to sign up. In this communication course, you will learn about key topics that are essential to journalists working around the world:

  • free speech and freedom of the press
  • sports writing and broadcast
  • humor and satirical news writing
  • understanding science and technology in journalism
  • media trends

This course is being offered by UC Berkeley as part of the U.S. Department of State’s MOOC Camp and is free to audit.

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