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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Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
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. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
What background knowledge is necessary?
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.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
No, you will not earn credits at Michigan State University for completing the Specialization.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
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.