Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Take my college journalism course online

This summer, you can take my Introduction to Journalism course online.

My 10-week interactive online course is designed to teach students with little or no practical experience in journalism the process of reporting and writing the news. The 3-credit course is offered through Marist College, where I'm a full-time professor. Because the course is taught online, no traveling is required and you can take lessons when it's convenient for you.

The course will introduce students to the way reporters do their jobs – how they think, act and produce newsworthy stories. New media will also be covered. Students will learn by reading, studying, questioning, discussing and practicing the craft of journalism. They will learn how to report, interview, write and revise news stories – and become a more discerning consumer of news.

Lessons feature video lectures, interactive exercises and class discussions – all from the convenience of the student’s computer. Students will be assigned to cover real news stories and will receive detailed feedback. I'll also work with students to help them get their stories published. In the past year, my students have been published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Bergen Record, Asbury Park Press, Bucks County Courier Times, Poughkeepsie Journal and other newspapers.

For more info or to register, visit Marist's website.

Mark Grabowski

Location: Anywhere, Telecommute, United States

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Journalism scholarship for New Zealanders

A full scholarship to study journalism at AUT University in Auckland is available for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

Indian Newslink, a community newspaper, will pay the tuition fee, student services fee and Student Association fee for one student admitted every year into one of the university’s one-year postgraduate programs, including the postgraduate diploma in Communication Studies (journalism) and the Bachelor of Communication Studies (Hons).

The first scholarship will be awarded this year, for a student to study in the 2010 academic year. Contact the university for more information.

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Northwestern offers journalism scholarships to computer whizzes

If you have computer skills and an interest in journalism, consider applying for a new full scholarship at Medill, the world-renowned graduate school of journalism at Northwestern University.

You don't need any journalism experience. Applications are being accepted now.

"We are offering full scholarships to Medill's master's program in journalism ... to people with computer programming skills," associate professor Rich Gordon told "The goal is, in essence, to try to create more Adrian Holovatys."

"We want students who already have tech skills to come to Medill, learn the culture, craft and mindset of journalists, and figure out interesting ways of connecting technology and journalism. As you know, there are many ways the industry and the academy have tried to teach tech skills to journalists -- the proposition here is that it would be interesting to see what happens if we teach journalism to tech types."

Scholarship winners can enroll at the Chicago area journalism school in January 2009, June 2009, September 2009 or January 2010, according to Medill's website. The scholarships were the result of a Knight News Challenge, which gave Medill more than $600,000 to create an academic program blending computer science and journalism, designed to fill a staffing void at many digital news sites.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Swedish university offers free M.A. in global journalism

Full scholarships are available to pursue a master's degree in global journalism at Orebro University in Sweden. These scholarships also cover travel, accommodation, insurance and other living expenses during the time spent in Sweden.

"The master in Global Journalism is a two-year programme for journalists wanting to further their journalistic knowledge and skills focusing on international news reporting," the announcement states. "The programme has a global focus and brings together professional journalists from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and North and Eastern Europe. The programme is offered in cooperation with journalism educations in Denmark, Finland, and Norway, and parts of the programme are given at universities in these countries. The language of instruction is English."

Apply online. Deadline is February 1. Applicants must know English, have a bachelor's degree and at least two year's experience as journalist.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Columbia j-school offers scholarships for foreign students

Columbia University's renowned journalism school offers full-tuition scholarships to foreign students, including:
  • The Jack R. Howard Fellowships provide full tuition and living assistance to two international journalists, from developing or transitional countries, who otherwise could not afford to study at the school. To qualify for the fellowship, candidates must reside outside the United States and intend to return to their homeland after graduation. Previous fellows have been from the following countries: Kenya, Bhutan, Cambodia, Pakistan, Iraq, Romania and Syria, to name a few.
  • Graf und Graefin Arco Fellowship Fund covers full tuition costs for students from Central Europe studying at the journalism school who demonstrate extraordinary promise, but require significant financial assistance to pursue their education.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Should you attend journalism school?

Journalism school is a big investment of time, money and energy. Before you make the commitment, you want to be 100 percent sure.

If you decide to go, carefully choose your journalism program. Find a program that’s strong in new media/multimedia journalism. Many journalism students are woefully prepared for the real world because their programs are not teaching them the latest skills they need. In addition, some programs are using very outdated equipment.

For more info, read "Is Journalism School for You?," the latest article in's journalism career advice section.

-Mark Grabowski

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Multimedia fellowship at UC-Berkeley

The University of California-Berkeley's journalism school seeks two experienced multimedia journalists to develop digital news and information sites for under-served communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The two-year gig begins this fall and pays $80,000 annually.

-Mark Grabowski

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