Citizen Journalism: How to be an iJournalist?

Become an accomplished digital reporter by learning how to create compelling news stories using various digital media.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Contents Video: 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Ever wonder how journalists do their reporting online? You probably asked yourself this question: How did they produce that interesting podcast or captivating photo slideshow or that moving news video? If you are interested in learning more about reporting and digital storytelling, well you have come to the right place. This course is intended to provide skills to aspiring journalists and citizens who want to be able to document news and events (e.g. natural disasters, etc.) and be able to share them to the world via the web. The course is divided into 5 lessons ranging from capturing videos using a mobile device (plus editing and uploading), podcasts, criteria for compelling news stories and other relevant media production skills. This course will take about 1.5 hours to complete. Lessons are delivered mostly by videos plus some extra files.

What are the requirements?

  • Students need access to the Internet and should know how to use a computer.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create digital stories using audio, video and photos.
  • Document news and information using mobile device and upload them to the web.
  • Obtain an appreciation for what makes a compelling news story in the digital realm.

What is the target audience?

  • Aspiring journalists and ordinary citizens looking to develop digital reporting skills.
  • NGO members trying to find teaching tools to empower peope in terms of documenting events in communities.
  • Journalism students and journalism educators.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Short course intro
What to expect
Section 2: What makes a compelling news story
What makes for a compelling news story
Writing for different platforms
Organization - how to structure your news story
Section 3: How to capture video (edit and upload) using a mobile device?
Shooting video with mobile device
Shooting video with mobile device - editing video 1
Shooting video with mobile device - editing video 2
Section 4: How to create a podcast
Intro - how to do podcast
Using Garageband
Setting up mic
Editing sound - mp4
Exporting and uploading - podcast
Using Soundcloud
Editing - using Soundcloud
Section 5: How to capture news photos
Mobile photo - shoot and edit photos on the go
Edit your photos
Uploading your photos
Section 6: Promoting your story using social media
Getting your story out there - Part 1
Getting your story out there - Part 2
Getting your story out there - Part 3
Section 7: Wrap up: Future directions
Closing remarks and ways to learn further

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Rey Rosales MacEwan University - Journalism, Produced with fall 2014 journalism students

Dr. Rey Rosales is currently the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications (FFAC) at MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB, Canada. He is also a faculty member of the journalism program.

Awards and Fellowships
Rey is an award-winning educator and media advisor, and has received numerous journalism fellowships throughout his career. In 2008, he was one of 20 communications faculty fellows in the United States who were chosen to participate in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) week-long seminar. Rey has also held fellowships with the American Press Institute (API), American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) and National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) among others.

In 2007 Rey was named by the Associated College Press as the Online Pacemaker Award winner, the highest national award given to a college publication. In 2005 Rey won the Honor Roll Newspaper Adviser of the Year Award given by the College Media Advisers (CMA) of the U.S.

Rey recently completed a highly selective entrepreneurship program at the MIT Sloan School of Management (Certificate in Teaching New Ventures Leadership -- Summer 2016). He also completed a management development program (2012) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was also chosen as one of the select participants for the Breakthrough Models Academy (2014) held at MIT and was sponsored by Educause and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Rey holds a PhD in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a masters in Radio-TV from Arkansas State University. Rey's research interests include online communication, online learning and international communication.

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