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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...
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Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
26 minutes to complete

Welcome to Course 3!

We are thrilled to have you as part of Course 3 in our Introduction to Journalism Specialization. We will be discussing how to "Effectively Delivering the News to Your Audience". You will learn about the School of Journalism, our award-winning faculty and the world-class atmosphere of Michigan State University. We are a special place, where amazing things happen every day....
Reading
4 videos (Total 16 min), 1 reading
Video4 videos
Meet your School of Journalism faculty6m
The MSU School of Journalism4m
#SpartansWill1m
Reading1 reading
Where to find us10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Earning and keeping trust

You've developed your story concept. You've done your research, reporting and interviewing. Now you will learn how to take the next steps: sorting your information, and picking the right format for your news report. You will develop skills in dealing with statistics, numbers and how to figure out if you have enough information to compile an effective news report....
Reading
4 videos (Total 24 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
Using numbers wisely in news reports11m
Newsgathering...what's accurate and what's not?6m
What happens if you don't know something?3m
Reading1 reading
Things to help sort information10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Sorting newsgathering4m
Understanding how to use numbers6m
Sifting, sorting and choosing information6m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Preparing your news report

Sometimes one of the biggest challenges in being a journalist is figuring out how to best handle quotes, format, and audience recognition. Knowing what you're reporting, and your audience, makes all the difference. You will learn how to best use and structure quotes in your news reports, choose the right format for reporting, and understand the needs of your audience....
Reading
3 videos (Total 19 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video3 videos
Choosing a news report format2m
Knowing your audience4m
Reading1 reading
Some formats for news stories10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Using quotes correctly6m
Audience, tone, leads, sources6m
Week
4
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

More than words

Having an effective news report is often dictated by the many thoughtful choices made by editors and journalists. How things look, sound, feel and read impacts how the audiences choose to take in information - and if they want to interact with your media. What are the things you need to consider? You will learn how your news report can be strengthened through multimedia: audio, video, graphics, photos and maps. You will develop skills in shooting video and photos, as well as gathering audio....
Reading
4 videos (Total 26 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
Adding audio to your news report11m
Adding Videos to your News Report5m
Why should you use multimedia?4m
Reading2 readings
Listen to this!10m
Make Your Video More Visually Interesting10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Ways to think about multimedia4m
Audio best practices6m
Adding Video to Your News Report6m
Adding layers with multimedia6m
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Top Reviews

By SRJun 30th 2018

Fantastic Class! I have a BA in Journalism and I felt the Coursera/MSU SoJ Classes were indeed tougher and give a much better example of 'real world' than you will find in most class rooms.

By MPJul 2nd 2016

Thank you for sharing the Course. I learn a lot and enjoy a lot too.

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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