Want to learn about principles of journalism and digital media? A massive online and open course (MOOC) titled English for Journalism has been launched by online course provider Coursera, under a partnership with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of English Language Programmes and University of Pennsylvania. The five-week self-paced course is open for enrolment and is accessible to anyone with Internet access across the globe. Click here to know more.
Each week of this interactive course explores print and digital media through authentic readings and video lectures, while expanding one’s vocabulary and increasing their ability to read, research, and develop local and global news stories. The course structure includes areas ranging from principles of journalism to analysing the growth, impact, and challenges of digital news. In the final week, learners will analyse the growth, impact, and challenges of digital news, while completing a reflection assignment that allows them to discuss the recent changes to the field of journalism. Unit 1 will provide an introduction to the history and principles of journalism. In unit 2, you will learn how to research, pitch, and interview. The next unit in the course will focus on the language needed to write newspaper and magazine articles, while unit 4 will cover the basics of broadcasting the news. In the final unit of the course, you will analyse the growth, impact, and challenges of digital news, while completing a reflection assignment that allows you to think about and discuss the recent changes to the field of journalism.
Commenting on the course, Kabir Chadha, India country manager at Coursera, said, “Journalism has rapidly evolved over the last decade. New media publishing platforms have ushered in different formats of reporting and content. With the launch of this course, we aim to provide an excellent opportunity for non-native English speakers in India who are interested in gaining the right skill sets needed for a career in modern journalism.”
Earlier this year, Coursera had launched another course called ‘The Importance of India’ as a part of the US Department of State’s Passport to India Initiative, launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 to create a hub for US – India higher education partnerships and to bring Indians and Americans together to learn about the world’s fastest growing major economy.