Course Syllabus


Course Description

Unlock the World of Journalism: A Comprehensive Online Course

Embark on an immersive journey into the pulsating heart of journalism with this comprehensive online course. This curriculum is meticulously crafted to provide learners with a panoramic view of journalism, charting its evolution from ancient times to the dynamic digital age.

The course unfolds with an insightful glance into the roots of journalism, tracing the very first instances of news dissemination to the burgeoning newspaper industry, especially its significance during pivotal moments in U.S history post the Revolutionary War. This historic backdrop not only contextualizes the importance of journalism but also underscores its ever-evolving nature.

Essential skills are at the forefront of this course. Beyond mere theory, students are equipped with pragmatic newsgathering techniques, honing their proficiency in crafting compelling narratives for both print and other media formats. Dive deep into the quintessential tools of the trade, from mastering the art of the inverted pyramid to sharpening one's notetaking prowess.

Recognizing the importance of impeccable language in this profession, students can revisit the fundamentals of grammar and punctuation. More than just about constructing sentences, journalism is about responsibility. Hence, dedicated modules delve into the ethical considerations and legal ramifications that every budding journalist must be cognizant of.

Discover the nuances of discerning newsworthiness, guiding you on how to sift through the mundane to unearth stories that resonate. The course culminates in a deep dive into the world of investigative journalism, a realm where tenacity meets depth. Learn how to select subjects that warrant a deeper probe and how to navigate the intricacies of such comprehensive reports.

In an era where information is omnipresent, the role of a journalist transcends mere reporting. This course reiterates the solemn duty journalists owe to their profession and the broader society. From spotlighting injustices to celebrating triumphs, journalists shape narratives and perceptions.

Engage, inform, and inspire. This course doesn't just train you to become a journalist—it empowers you to become a storyteller, a beacon of truth in a world inundated with stories waiting to be told. Join us and redefine your understanding of journalism.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the history of journalism.
  • Define what journalism means.
  • Describe journalism and ethics.
  • Describe journalism and the law.
  • Determine what is news what is not news.
  • Describe methods for ferreting out newsworthy stories in the real world.
  • Determine research skills and fact checking.
  • Describe basic skills of reporting - listening and observing.
  • Describe basic skills of reporting - interviewing and note taking.
  • Describe grammar and style rules of news writing.
  • Demonstrate structuring and crafting the news story.
  • Demonstrate expository writing.
  • Describe writing for broadcast news and online resources.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 1 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Exam 1 9 points
Why is Journalistic Writing Different - Lesson 2 Assignment 20 points
Exam 2 10 points
My Ethical Stance in Journalism - Lesson 3 Assignment 20 points
Exam 3 10 points
Journalism and the Law - Lesson 4 Assignment 20 points
Exam 4 10 points
A Newsworth Story - Lesson 5 Assignment 50 points
Exam 5 10 points
A Personal Story - Lesson 6 Assignment 50 points
Exam 6 10 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 15 points
Exam 7 9 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 15 points
Exam 8 10 points
MidTerm 39 points
Preparing for Your First Interview - Lesson 9 Assignment 20 points
Exam 9 10 points
Exam 10 10 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 20 points
Exam 11 10 points
Crafting a News Story - Lesson 12 Assignment 35 points
Exam 12 10 points
Expository Writing - Lesson 13 Assignment 50 points
Exam 13 10 points
Broadcast News Writing - Lesson 14 Assignment 50 points
Exam 14 10 points
Exam 15 10 points
The Final Exam 35 points
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