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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Capstone news report portfolio: the start!

2 videos (Total 5 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 readings
Setting up your Capstone portfolio10m
The Capstone news report structure10m
News report refresher and concepts10m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Capstone news report portfolio: News gathering

3 videos (Total 17 min), 1 quiz
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Capstone news report portfolio: Interviewing sources

3 videos (Total 15 min), 1 quiz
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Capstone news report portfolio: Assembling your news

4 videos (Total 23 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
2 readings
Tips for sorting newsgathering10m
News report structure checklist10m
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Top reviews from Capstone: Create your own professional journalistic portfolio

By DZNov 16th 2017

Great course! Not too hard, not too easy. The guided writing of a news report is very well done, and provides good support.

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
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David Poulson

Instructor
School of Journalism
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Eric Freedman

Instructor
School of Journalism
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Joe Grimm

Instructor
School of Journalism
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Lucinda D. Davenport

Director & Professor
School of Journalism

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

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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  • 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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