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.

Multimedia Lecturer and Director of Assessments 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 mobile and entrepreneurial journalism.

Note: You can start in the Fall or Spring.

DannyJacobsJournalist Danny Jacobs was in the first certificate class of 2010-2011. He says the program made a huge difference in his career:

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.



emma-schwartz-fall-cert-class2014cFall Semester 2014:

JOUR 604: Introduction to Multimedia Skills for Graduate Certificate Programs, 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.
For both fall semester courses, there are 12 class meetings in all.

Classes begin Sept. 6 and end Dec. 6.

There will be no classes held Oct. 4 (for Yom Kippur) and Nov. 29 (for Thanksgiving).

Spring Semester 2015

JOUR 623: Mobile Journalism, Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Instructor is Assistant Professor Ron Yaros from Merrill College, a former broadcast journalist and entrepreneur.

JOUR 455: Media Entrepreneurship, Saturdays, 1:30–5:15 p.m. Lead instructor is David Cross, an MBA with 30 years experience in business development.

For each course, there are 12 class meetings:

Classes begin Jan. 31 and end May 9.

No classes held on March 21 (spring break); April 4 (Easter/Passover weekend); and April 25

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