USFSP Digital Masters Program: Introduction to Journalism

Course Overview

USFSP Digital Masters Program: Introduction to Journalism
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
Introduction to Journalism requires 5-7 hours of course work per lesson.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

This course is a specially adapted version of an e-learning course from Poynter News University that’s been designed to provide focused journalism training to admitted students in the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s Digital Journalism and Design master’s degree program.

This overview of the basic skills and values of journalism features online video teaching by Poynter faculty and adjuncts, as well as lessons drawn from nine self-directed modules on NewsU.

Designed to be a self-directed learning module, students will work independently in several Poynter NewsU online courses and will have access to a variety of educational materials including essays, readings and videos in each lesson.

University officials interested in learning more about the program should contact Vicki Krueger, at or 727-553-4316.

What Will I Learn:

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • Know the basic skills and principles of reporting, writing and editing.
  • Identify the trends and stories that constitute “news.”
  • Develop sources for reporting in a community.
  • Successfully prepare for interviews.
  • Improve your writing.
  • Tell stories in a variety of ways.
  • Edit your writing.
    • Make ethical decisions when confronted with dilemmas while reporting.
Who should take this course:

Admitted students in the Digital Journalism and Design master’s program who need an extra primer on the basics of journalism.

Training Partner:

University of South Florida - St. Petersburg

Imagine a university in the heart of a lively city center. An intimate campus nestled on the waterfront, steps from world-class cultural institutions. A faculty committed to learning and research on all levels and across disciplines. Students working in partnership with the community.

At USF St. Petersburg, students enjoy smaller classes. Professors who know you by name. Students conducting research on the undergraduate and graduate levels – side by side with professors. A setting that encourages creativity.

Technical Requirements:

Students should update their browsers to the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer or Opera.