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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Greek, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
21 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Michigan State School of Journalism!

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.

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4 videos (Total 16 min)
4 videos
The Michigan State School of Journalism4m
Meet your School of Journalism faculty6m
This is Michigan State University1m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Earning and keeping trust

In every module of this course, we will go deeper into journalistic values and ethics. In many ways, these values are what distinguish journalism from the many other kinds of content. You will learn how to move beyond creating content to creating journalism through understanding and using these values.

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7 videos (Total 28 min), 3 readings, 7 quizzes
7 videos
The importance of accuracy4m
Finding balance in a world that tilts3m
Transparency and dealing with mistakes6m
Is seeing believing?5m
Sensationalism in journalism2m
What is propaganda?1m
3 readings
Global journalistic ethics10m
National Press Photographers Association guidelines10m
Readings in plagiarism10m
7 practice exercises
Credibility, fairness...and you10m
Earning and keeping trust6m
Is seeing believing?8m
Reflection on sensationalism2m
Is it propaganda or journalism when ...10m
Is it plagiarism?14m
Trust and credibility quiz2m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Connecting with audiences and communities

You will learn how to reach your audience and community as a journalist, by exploring news reports, interest and importance, and values and ethics.

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3 videos (Total 20 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
3 videos
First things first: your lead4m
Point-of-view journalism6m
1 reading
Frameworks for POV journalism10m
2 practice exercises
Elements of a good lead6m
Connecting community and content6m
Week
4
7 hours to complete

Forms of journalism and their purposes

Understanding the ways journalism happens is just as important as knowing how to do it. There are many different types of journalism, as our world is filled with so many things to communicate about: sports, cars, celebrities, movies, war, business, real estate, pets, art...if you can name it, you can do journalism about it.

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6 videos (Total 38 min), 1 reading, 8 quizzes
6 videos
Features6m
Sports6m
National and international news9m
Science and environmental news1m
Opinion writing9m
1 reading
Advice from a journalism recruiter10m
5 practice exercises
What is Sports Journalism?4m
Pre-lecture question: Can opinions be news?2m
opinion writing6m
Reflection on your path in journalism2m
News report ideas and development4m
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By DZJan 3rd 2017

Great course! I will most likely continue to take this series of courses! The professors/teachers are great, and can help when needed. The courses are simple and easy to use. Overall, great course!

By CAFeb 28th 2016

Excellent course material and good learner participation. I think a stronger instructor presence will round it off nicely (even if only in the forums). Great presentation Mr Grimm!

Instructors

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Joanne Gerstner

Sports Journalist in Residence
Michigan State University 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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David Poulson

Instructor
School of Journalism
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Jeremy Steele

Specialist
Michigan State University 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

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • 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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