Full course description
3-7 Hours Weekly
Registration Opens 2/12/24
This nine-course certificate program introduces amateur citizens to the basic tenets of journalism to better prepare them for identifying local news, creating content, and sharing it with the people around them, in a financially rewarding way. The Center for Media Innovation at Point Park University in Downtown, Pittsburgh, owns and delivers the program, which has been developed in partnership with Neighborhood News Network and Trib Total Media.
Successful graduates of this program will enhance, but not replace, local reporting in communities by expanding the reach of existing local newsrooms and filling gaps in places known as “news deserts.” By engaging the public in content creation, the Citizen Reporting Academy seeks to empower the people who used to be the audience while expanding the diversity of voices and perspectives that contribute to local news coverage
Program & Course Structure
Students who enroll in the Academy will learn the fundamentals of journalistic practices by proceeding through nine courses that lead to a certificate in citizen reporting. The courses run asynchronously over a period of two weeks and require a time investment of three-to-seven hours per week, depending on the student’s pace. The nine courses are:
During each course, a live instructor will assess the student’s progress and provide feedback on publishable content. Successful students who complete each pass/fail course will receive a virtual badge, and students who complete all nine courses will earn a virtual certificate. Every course will result in publishable content.
Courses will cover topics such as media literacy, reporting, content creation, access to public records, legal and ethical frameworks, marketing, and monetization. The program objectives are for students to:
TribLIVE Local is supporting the program and the local communities by granting 6 scholarships of up to $2500, the full amount of tuition, for the Citizen Reporting Academy. To apply for a scholarship, please complete their application form. If you are selected, you will then be provided a code to register with.
Scholarships are limited, so apply early. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants will be notified of their application status on or before the program start.
For the Citizen Reporting Academy, all participants must:
Students who register for a course, but do not open the course or begin any course-work, are eligible for a refund at the discretion of the department offering the course. Those seeking a refund must contact the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at SCPS@PointPark.Edu to begin the process.
If your request complies with the cancellation policy, a refund will be issued by check and mailed to your billing address.
All questions regarding the program should be sent to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at SCPS@PointPark.Edu