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University of Pennsylvania

English for Journalism

University of Pennsylvania via Coursera


Welcome to English for Journalism, a course created by the University of Pennsylvania, and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs.

To enroll in this course for free, click on “Enroll now” and then select "Full Course. No certificate."

This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in developing the skills needed for a career in modern journalism. In this course, you will explore print and digital media through authentic readings and video lectures, while expanding your vocabulary and increasing your ability to read, research, and develop local and global news stories. Unit 1 will provide an introduction to the history and principles of journalism. In unit 2, you will learn how to research, pitch, and interview. The next unit in the course will focus on the language needed to write newspaper and magazine articles, while unit 4 will cover the basics of broadcasting the news. In the final unit of the course, you will analyze the growth, impact, and challenges of digital news, while completing a reflection assignment that allows you to think about and discuss the recent changes to the field of journalism.

Unless otherwise noted, all course materials are available for re-use, repurposing and free distribution under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license.

Supplemental reading materials were provided by Newsela, which publishes daily news articles at a level that's just right for each English language learner.

Taught by

John Cotton


3.8 rating, based on 15 Class Central reviews

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  • Hi everyone

    That's a generous action mainly for who love to learn English.

    Thank you all.

    Yours sincerely.

    Paulo de Tarso Porrelli

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Ilya Rusin completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    It was a good introductory course on journalism for the beginner. I recommend it to you if you want to understand media and think about journalist profession.
  • Maitri Mukesh Sharma

    Maitri Mukesh Sharma is taking this course right now and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Even though I had no knowledge of journalism before I took this course, I find the subject to be very interesting after I took this course. The videos were very well explained, the quizzes really seemed to test my ability and knowledge, and the clarity was just too good. 100% recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Ahmed Hussien
    A very good course to start with journalism and understand the basics of the field, and it also have useful English words and grammar.
  • Zelalem Shiferaw

    Zelalem Shiferaw is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    it is interesting and the video is nice easy to understand. the teachers make the lesson more clear and they taught in a attractive mood
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    Nuried Hurtado

    Nuried Hurtado completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    I believe that this course might be helpful for people that are trying to discover new interest or want to be a journalist because it give you introductory information that got you into it and create an idea of how it would be to be a journalist. good course. I really like it.
  • Benjamin Treuhaft is taking this course right now, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    Not sure how useful this course is for someone for whom English is their first language. Time was taken to explain terms that any highschooler already knows.
  • Anonymous
    I found this course a bit elementary for myself, but it would be great for someone just starting off with English as a language as it is more slow paced.
  • Anonymous
    I have greater interest in journalism.hope at the end of this study,I will understand the professional ethics of journalism.However, I remain humbly and focus on this unique course, there by being obedience.this institution should make students marketable around the world based on the type of document given to participants
  • Xatamjonova Mohlaroy
    I like this course.And I hope this course help me to imrove my skills.............................


  • Manish Kumar

    Manish Kumar completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    It is very essential for learning English language. It gives knowledge about the people in the society and events.A journal search about the event.
  • Rana

    Rana is taking this course right now, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    I am sure that I will achieve the goal I crave and quickly learn many things. Language like the sea is deep and wide and does not stop at a certain level.
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