Monday, January 18, 2010

Study online with The New York Times

Study online with The New York Times

Want to learn more about the use of video storytelling in journalism? A new course, offered by none other than The New York Times, may be just the thing.

The New York Times Company has been offering non-credit distance education courses for the past two years. From this week, in conjunction with some universities, it will offer courses for credit towards certificate programs.

Director of education for the Times Felice Nudelman told Inside Higher Ed that online education was a robust area. "It is, for many institutions, a profit center," she said. "And it's an exciting way to bring together all the content from The New York Times and expertise from our newsroom, and expertise of college and university faculty."
The six-week video storytelling course is offered in conjunction with Ball State University. It costs $235 if taken for credit, but only $199 for non-credit. This is one of nine courses students must complete to obtain a certificate in "emerging media journalism", jointly awarded from the Times and Ball State.

It is expected that many of the students will be older journalists looking to update their new media skills, or journalism students at less well-resourced universities.

The newspaper and other educational institutions have teamed up to offer certificate courses in other areas. With Rosemont College, it will offer a certificate in entrepreneurship, consisting of six courses at $1,950 each. Students can take immigration law with the City University of New York, across four courses at $930 each. And Thomas Edison State College will provide separate 45-week programs in paralegal studies and nurse paralegal studies, each costing $3,920.

The Times and the offering university will share the revenue. The university will provide the professors, while the newspaper will offer educational resources including news archives back to 1851, subject-specific content modules, and topic specialists from its newsroom for guest lectures.

The Times is not the only media organisation to offer online education. The BBC announced in December that it would offer online journalism masterclasses. The difference, of course, is that these are free.

Source: Inside Higher Ed

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