Media, Writing, and Communications Certificate in Journalism and Newswriting

Diploma Description

To earn a certificate, students must declare their candidacy at the start of their program of study. To do so, please use the button above.

This writing certificate introduces you to the essential research, information-gathering, and reporting skills of journalism, from feature writing and investigative reporting to long-form interviews and arts and music criticism. Whether you are an aspiring freelancer, a budding beat reporter, or the founder of a startup interested in exploring entrepreneurial journalism, the Certificate in Journalism and Newswriting will provide you with a well-rounded foundation of expert instruction, professional guidance, and field experience, preparing you for writing accurate and engaging articles and features.

The certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the three required courses and the two elective courses listed below, which can be substituted with other Media, Writing, and Communications certificate courses, pending departmental review and approval. It must be completed within three years of declaring certificate candidacy.

For advisement, please contact the Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts: (212) 998-7289 or sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu.

Must be completed within

3 years

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED COURSES

All Courses Required

Newswriting and Reporting

In this course, you will learn the central aspects of newswriting and reporting for both print and digital platforms, from crafting the unique...

2023 Spring
1 section

Feature Writing for Print and Digital Media

This practical workshop is designed to prepare you for writing and publishing feature articles.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Interviews and Profiles

Learn how to conduct effective interviews, fashion them into articles, and get them published.

2022 Fall
1 section

ELECTIVES

Complete 2

Multimedia Storytelling

Multimedia storytelling has the power to provide context and depth to news stories, fundraising drives, marketing campaigns, and personal...

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Entertainment Journalism

Raise your arts IQ and gain a solid understanding of how to write publishable articles that inform and entertain and can be pitched to major outlets.

2023 Spring
1 section

Freelance Journalism: How to Pitch and Sell Stories

Learn how to hatch fresh story ideas that will draw editors’ attention and how to portray these ideas in winning ways.

Diversity, Race and Media: From Films and TV to Podcasts and New Media

In 2020, the global wave of protests following George Floyd’s assassination became a wake-up call for media makers to denounce systemic...

2023 Spring
1 section

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required