COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Working journalists – and communicators in all professions – face major challenges today to keep their skills current. That’s why the Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a Saturday-only four-course graduate program aimed at moving careers into overdrive. Skills learned in class can often be applied at work the following week.
Director of Internships and Career Development Christine Harvey oversees the Graduate Certificate Program of Professional Studies in Multimedia Journalism. She says the program is tailored to provide the tools working professionals need now to succeed. “There are two courses each semester,” she says. “They blend practical training in video, audio, photography, blogging, and interactive Web publishing with the critical application of editorial, ethical and legal principles in digital media.” She adds there is also a strong emphasis on entrepreneurial journalism.
Note: You can start in the Fall or Spring.
The multimedia certificate program is directly responsible for my promotion at my newspaper. My editors knew I was taking the class and asked me to become our website’s editor when the position opened. I would recommend this program to journalists both young and old. While the time commitment is intense, you do hands-on work with knowledgeable professors and a cohort that becomes a family after a year of spending Saturdays together.
The Certificate Program is designed to be completed in one year – taking two classes each in the fall and spring semesters. But students are able to take a single class each semester to complete the program in a two year period.
The program is offered through the University of Maryland’s Office of Extended Studies. Apply Now.
COURSES FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR
Fall Semester 2013:
• JOUR 504: Introduction to Multimedia Skills, Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Room 1101; instructor Emma Schwartz, associate producer and reporter, PBS Frontline; former multimedia reporter, Center for Public Integrity.
• JOUR 652: Intermediate Multimedia Journalism, Saturdays: 1:30–5:15 p.m.; Room 2105; instructor Mark W. Smith, senior manager, social media marketing, USA Today; former Web editor and technology columnist, Detroit Free Press.
• Classes begin September 7 and end December 7.
• There will be no classes September 14 (for Yom Kippur) and November 30 (for Thanksgiving).
Spring Semester 2014
Classes begin Feb. 1 and end May 10.
There will be no classes on March 22 (spring break); April 5 (Journalism/Interactive conference is on campus); and April 19 (Easter/Passover weekend).
• JOUR 623: Mobile Journalism, Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
• JOUR 455: Media Entrepreneurship, Saturdays, 1:30–5:15 p.m.