Gathering and Developing the News

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About this course: Journalists develop information through interviews and sources. The most successful journalists quickly master these important skill sets. The production of journalism relies on several elements: newsgathering, interviewing sources, researching and trying to find as much information as possible. The course will also teach you how to where to find information, interviewing skills and how to process information from various sources for publication.

Created by:  Michigan State University
  • Taught by:  Joanne Gerstner, Sports Journalist in Residence

    Michigan State University School of Journalism
  • Taught by:  Jeremy Steele, Specialist

    Michigan State U…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: Journalists develop information through interviews and sources. The most successful journalists quickly master these important skill sets. The production of journalism relies on several elements: newsgathering, interviewing sources, researching and trying to find as much information as possible. The course will also teach you how to where to find information, interviewing skills and how to process information from various sources for publication.

Created by:  Michigan State University
  • Taught by:  Joanne Gerstner, Sports Journalist in Residence

    Michigan State University School of Journalism
  • Taught by:  Jeremy Steele, Specialist

    Michigan State University School of Journalism
  • Taught by:  David Poulson, Instructor

    School of Journalism
  • Taught by:  Eric Freedman, Instructor

    School of Journalism
  • Taught by:  Joe Grimm, Instructor

    School of Journalism
  • Taught by:  Lucinda D. Davenport, Director & Professor

    School of Journalism
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Earning and keeping trust



How - and where - journalists obtain information can determine if their news reports will be deemed credible and trustworthy by their audience. Finding the best sources for information and quotes is a process conducted by every professional journalist. You will learn the best ways to find information and sources for your reporting.


4 videos, 3 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Sources in journalism
  2. Practice Quiz: What are sources?
  3. Discussion Prompt: Documents and news
  4. Video: Why should journalists use sources?
  5. Practice Quiz: Why use sources?
  6. Discussion Prompt: Finding expert sources
  7. Video: Obstacles to reporting
  8. Practice Quiz: Reporting obstacles
  9. Video: Why sources should trust us?
  10. Discussion Prompt: Why should anyone ever trust a journalist?

Graded: Identifying and reviewing reporting obstacles
Graded: Working with sources

WEEK 2


Types of sources



Successful journalists understand the need to bring in different types of information and voices to create a strong and accurate news report. You will learn how journalists carefully consider sourcing, and how to effectively and ethically interact with sources.


4 videos, 4 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Why diversity matters
  2. Practice Quiz: Sources and diversity
  3. Video: Rules for dealing with sources
  4. Discussion Prompt: Using anonymous sources
  5. Practice Quiz: Rules for dealing with sources
  6. Video: Protecting sources
  7. Practice Quiz: Protecting sources
  8. Discussion Prompt: Protecting sources...and you
  9. Video: News Literacy
  10. Practice Quiz: News literacy and the public
  11. Discussion Prompt: Discussion about news literacy

Graded: Seeking diversity
Graded: Sourcing areas for journalists

WEEK 3


Interviewing



The interview is one of the most powerful tools of journalistic newsgathering. You will learn how journalists use interviews, the different forms it can take, how you can best prepare for it, and how to be sensitive to those who have been through trauma. A good interview can make a news report. And a bad interview can sink it.


4 videos, 1 reading, 4 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: Preparing for interviews
  2. Practice Quiz: Interview prep
  3. Video: How to conduct effective interviews
  4. Practice Quiz: Conducting the interview
  5. Reading: Interviewing scientists and others
  6. Video: How to conduct person-on-the-street interviews
  7. Practice Quiz: Person-on-the-street interviews
  8. Video: Working with trauma survivors
  9. Practice Quiz: Survivors of trauma
  10. Peer Review: Victims or survivors?

Graded: Developing questions
Graded: Interviewing strangers on the street.
Graded: The interview

WEEK 4


Tools for finding sourcing
Technology and moving beyond typical sources is letting journalists reach more sources than ever before. You will learn how to use crowdsourcing, social media, press conferences and online resources as valuable tools to enhance your reporting.


4 videos, 4 practice quizzes expand


  1. Video: How to use crowd sourcing
  2. Practice Quiz: Crowd sourcing
  3. Video: How journalists use social media
  4. Practice Quiz: Social media and finding sources
  5. Video: Using documents
  6. Practice Quiz: Using documents
  7. Peer Review: Assessing documents
  8. Video: How to navigate press conferences
  9. Practice Quiz: Press Conferences

Graded: Tools for Finding Sources
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