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Journalism Methods

This course provides rigorous grounding in the foundations of reporting and writing news stories. You learn to report in the world's best news lab—the streets of Chicago. Starting the first week, you cover breaking news, enterprise and a range of other stories that ground you in reporting fundamentals. Working closely with Medill's acclaimed editors/instructors, you master basics that prepare you for success in print, broadcast or online media.  

The fundamental lessons include understanding what news is; finding news stories and sources; interviewing effectively and efficiently; researching stories; verifying facts; writing clean, crisp news stories with impact; presenting information in alternative forms; and conducting oneself ethically and professionally.

For the final four weeks, the classroom becomes a simulated newsroom, where you cover a "beat"—a content specialty within a designated geographic area in Chicago or its suburbs—and file stories with a daily deadline. It's fast-paced, intense and fun.  You leave the course with skills and confidence that you can tackle fast-breaking and complex stories.