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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 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
16 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Michigan State School of Journalism

You will learn about journalism profession, the Michigan State University School of Journalism, our world-class faculty and the world-class atmosphere of Michigan State University. We are proud to have Pulitzer-prize winning journalists, distinguished authors and broadcasters, and award-winning scholarly faculty all part of our Michigan State Journalism family. We are a special place, where amazing things happen every day. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 16 min)
Video4 videos
The Michigan State School of Journalism4m
Meet your School of Journalism faculty6m
#SpartansWill1m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Earning and Keeping Trust

High ethical standards are essential to developing and maintain trust in the press, in news organizations and in individual journalists in all forms of media: print, broadcast, multimedia and social media. You will learn how to understand a journalist's ethical obligations, and then carry out your professional duties in a trustworthy way, even in the face of pressure in all mediums. You will be empowered to make strong decisions as a journalist to serve your audiences, as well as your outlet....
Reading
4 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video4 videos
Undercover reporting and deception4m
Fairness and balance5m
Plagiarism & fabrication6m
Reading1 reading
Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Undercover reporting and deception6m
Understanding fairness and balance6m
Earning and keeping trust6m
Week
3
Hours to complete
9 hours to complete

Tough Calls

Journalists must make difficult decisions - tough calls - that require careful analysis and deep thought. You will learn how journalists must balance competing interests in a sensitive way that still gives primary attention to the needs of your audience, not to your personal self-interest or the self-interest of your news consumers. You will be empowered with the tools and information to assess these challenges of the profession, and then make the correct decisions for safety/welfare and journalistic credibility....
Reading
4 videos (Total 23 min), 8 quizzes
Video4 videos
Disaster situations6m
Tensions between journalists and news sources6m
Journalists and privacy rights5m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Understanding conflict of interest6m
Violence, disaster and tragedy6m
Relationships with news sources6m
Understanding privacy6m
Week
4
Hours to complete
9 hours to complete

International Journalism

Journalism today is unrestrained by national political borders in most of the world. The Internet and social media make it possible to follow events around the globe and to obtain news and information from multiple sources at the same time. However, the press and individual journalists can operate differently in some ways from country to country, depending on national laws, political systems, cultural values and economic resources of news organizations. You will learn how to understand national press systems, constraints on press freedom, broad techniques for covering international news from within your own country and the important work of international correspondents.You will be empowered to consider how you could serve your audience by doing journalism from an international perspective....
Reading
4 videos (Total 36 min), 7 quizzes
Video4 videos
Journalist safety & press rights defenders6m
The life of international correspondents12m
Covering world news from home6m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Understanding national press systems4m
Understanding journalists' safety6m
Reporting about world news from home4m
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Career direction

25%

started a new career after completing these courses
Career Benefit

83%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

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 VSDec 7th 2016

Genuine course, which makes budding journalists aware about the dangers involved, dedication required, & precautions to be taken, as well as importance of business aspect in journalism.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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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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