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Michigan State University

Gathering and Developing the News

Michigan State University via Coursera


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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Taught by

Eric Freedman, Jeremy Steele, Joe Grimm, Joanne Gerstner, Lucinda D. Davenport and David Poulson


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  • Hello Michigan University

    thank you for free course

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    and i am journalist this course is very important and good for my job

    thank you

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