The industry is changing. Your skills should change, too.
The Philip Merrill College of Journalism has what you need.

Our Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Multimedia Journalism teaches the skills most in demand today for communication professionals in news organizations, nonprofits and business.

The 12-credit, four-course graduate certificate program is designed for working professionals.

  • Classes meet on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters, so there’s no conflict with work schedules.
  • Classes may be taken individually over a two-year period, or two at a time, enrollment permitting.
  • Completion of all four courses provides media professionals with a strong understanding of digital communication, including the fundamentals of Web production, shooting and editing photos, video and audio, and use of mobile and social media tools.

Need more? The Merrill College also offers full-time Master’s Degree programs. In fact, you can now apply three of the four certificate classes (excluding JOUR 604) toward a Master’s Degree. Please contact certificate program Director Chris Harvey, at 301-405-2796 for more information about the four-course program.

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Certificate student Tyler Waldman talks about his experiences with the Multimedia Journalism Certificate Program:


Fall Semester 2017 Courses (anticipated)

Classes are held in Knight Hall on the College Park campus, on 12 Saturdays, Sept. 11 though Dec. 9. There are no classes on Nov. 4 or on Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25).

JOUR 604: Introduction to Multimedia Skills for Graduate Certificate Programs, Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m., co-instructors Jen Rynda and Stokely Baksh. Rynda is a staff photographer for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. Become coming to Baltimore, Rynda worked for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y. She has won numerous awards for her work through contests sponsored by the MDDC Press Association, the New York State AP and the National Press Photographers Association. Baksh is a multimedia journalist and graphic designer based in the Baltimore area. She has shot video for the Wall Street Journal and Baltimore Sun, and researched and reported for United Press International, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

Examine the basics of producing and editing digital photos, video and audio for news. Topics include framing, lighting and other aspects of composition; sequencing, using wide, medium and tight shots; and ethical considerations when collecting sound and visuals.

JOUR 652: Intermediate Multimedia Journalism, Saturdays: 1:30–5:15 p.m., instructor Mark W. Smith, editor, mobile Web, The Washington Post; former senior manager, social media marketing, USA Today and former Web editor and technology columnist, Detroit Free Press.

Editing and writing online, using basic Web-coding skills and tools to create news and feature packages for the Internet. Students will learn the basics of html and css, be introduced to social media tools and interactive graphics, and will build a portfolio package using WordPress.


Spring Semester 2017 Courses:

Classes are held in Knight Hall on the University of Maryland, College Park campus, on 12 Saturdays starting Feb. 4 and ending May 13, with the following days off: March 25 (spring break); April 15 (Easter/Passover weekend); May 6 (to complete final projects).

JOUR623: Mobile Journalism, Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., instructor Ron Yaros. Knight 3202

A review of several mobile applications and the “hands-on” skills needed to collect and share news in the field. First, students learn how to remotely post information to blogs and social networks. Students then learn and practice the latest location-based production techniques using web services on wireless laptops and mobile devices. Students use laptops (and their own “SmartPhone”) to record, edit and upload audio and video.

JOUR455: Media Entrepreneurship, Saturdays: 1:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., instructor: Tom Davidson. Knight 1101

Basic business and entrepreneurship concepts will be covered and will explore how technology is transforming the business of media. Students develop and pitch ideas for media businesses, learn startup basics, do exercises in Internet advertising and business plan analysis, use social networks and other digital communication tools, and perform other hands-on exercises in business development and presentation.


DSC_0218Practical Training Focus

The graduate certificate program blends practical training in video, audio, photography, blogging and social media and interactive Web publishing with the critical application of editorial, ethical and legal principles in digital media. This is a program designed for professional journalists and communicators to learn the skills and concepts needed for digital storytelling across media platforms, particularly the Internet and mobile devices. It will supercharge your journalism career!

Up to nine credits earned in the certificate program may later be counted toward a master’s degree at Merrill College, for students admitted to that program.

Journalist 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 master’s certificate program offers updated skills to news and communication professionals trying to stay current in a world of rapidly changing technology and software.  Many times, the skills learned in class can be applied the following week at work.