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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 two electives within three years of declaring certificate candidacy.

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: Writing Above the Fold

Learn the central aspects of newswriting, from crafting a lede to organizing complex information into truthful, objective, and accurate prose.

Feature Writing for Print and Digital Media

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

2020 Fall
1 section

Interviews and Profiles

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

2020 Fall
1 section

ELECTIVES

Complete 2

Multimedia Storytelling

Receive a comprehensive overview of multimedia storytelling and gain practical experience in all facets of digital story production.

2020 Fall
1 section

The Political Feature

Learn how to write and sell arresting, well-structured articles that put the human interest into political controversy.

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.

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.

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