Become a Journalist: Report the News! Specialization

Starts Oct 17

Become a Journalist: Report the News! Specialization

Launch Your Journalism Career. Develop journalistic skills for print, broadcast and social media platforms.

About This 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.

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5 courses

Follow the suggested order or choose your own.


Designed to help you practice and apply the skills you learn.


Highlight your new skills on your resume or LinkedIn.

Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    What is news?


    About the Course

    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
  2. COURSE 2

    Gathering and Developing the News

    4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week

    About the Course

    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 an
  3. COURSE 3

    Effectively delivering the news to your audience

    4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week

    About the Course

    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
  4. COURSE 4

    Journalism, the future, and you!

    5 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week

    About the Course

    You will learn about the career paths that are available in journalism, and what opportunities the skill sets of a journalist can offer in other fields. You will explore areas such as being an international correspondent, self-publi
  5. COURSE 5

    Capstone: Create your own professional journalistic portfolio

    Upcoming session: Dec 3
    5 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week

    About the Capstone Project

    This is it! It is time for YOU to be the journalist, and practice and display the skills you have learned through this Specialization journey. You will create your own professional journalistic portfolio, culminating in the creation of your own new


  • Michigan State University

    Michigan State University's School of Journalism is recognized as one of the best in the nation, and one of the few journalism programs in the United States that has been continuously accredited since 1949.

    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.

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