About this Specialization
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Greek...

Skills you will gain

JournalismWritingProfessionalNews WritingMultimedia
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Greek...

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

What is news?

4.6
350 ratings
98 reviews
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 types of journalism, such as social media, multimedia, print, visual and broadcast, and how professional journalists effectively use each format....
Course2

Gathering and Developing the News

4.7
177 ratings
35 reviews
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 and trying to find as much information as possible. The course will also teach you how to where to find information, interviewing skills and how to process information from various sources for publication....
Course3

Effectively delivering the news to your audience

4.7
122 ratings
23 reviews
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 reports. There are many ways to report news reports, and you will learn different forms of how to perform reporting and writing to serve different audiences. This course also explains the different formats within journalism, beyond the written word and how they are best utilized....
Course4

Journalism, the future, and you!

4.7
110 ratings
33 reviews
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-publishing in journalism, as well as how to freelance in the field. You will be empowered to develop your own path in journalism, from being an active and informed consumer, to being a journalist. The worlds of business, communications, politics, education and marketing all utilize elements of journalism. This course also examines how to keep the trust of audiences through ethical, and responsible, journalistic practices. Sometimes, journalists need to be aware of their own safety. We will intelligently discuss how journalists around the world handle pressure, threats and other dangers while doing their jobs. Journalism - and journalists - are agents of change. Are you ready to become one too?...

Instructors

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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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Joanne Gerstner

Sports Journalist in Residence
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....

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • It is preferable to have a working, high-school level of the English language to successfully engage in this Specialization. The Courses and Capstone are not designed to teach the English language.

  • It is recommended to take the Courses in order for an optimal Learner outcome: Course 1 first, Course 2 second, Course 3 third, Course 4 fourth, then the Capstone.

  • Enhancing Journalistic skills through our Specialization can serve many exciting purposes for a Learner: opening up new career fields within Journalism, improving Journalism abilities in a present position; gaining stronger understanding of how the media and journalism works; exploring other ways Journalism can help in business, community and non-profit settings.

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