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Journalism Fundamentals: Craft & Values

About This Course

Want to learn about how journalism works? In this course, you'll learn the foundational concepts for reporting, writing, editing and producing multimedia. You'll also gain insight into how journalists think and make editorial decisions.

What Will I Learn?

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the basics of effective reporting, writing, editing, interviewing and multimedia production
  • Describe the editorial process and ethical decisions that journalists make
  • Pinpoint the ingredients for success in reporting and writing

Who Should Take This Course?

Anyone interested in learning the very basics of journalism.

Course Instructor

Mark J. Miller

Mark J. Miller has written for American Journalism Review, Presstime, Crain's BtoB's Media Business, Folio: magazine and Digital Magazine News as well as Glamour, Details, The Washington Post,, Sports Illustrated for Kids and Runner's World, among many others.


  • Senior Producer/Programmer: Casey Frechette
  • Graphic Design: Nuria Pena
  • Executive Producer: Howard Finberg

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  3. Estimated Effort

    1 to 2 hours