Professional certification is rare for the journalism field, but you can pursue a professional credential if you're looking to teach journalism. Meanwhile, certificate programs in journalism are common, and you could pursue a journalism certificate to supplement your studies in a different field or to specialize your craft. Read more about certification and certificate options in journalism.
Can I Earn a Certificate In Journalism?
Many universities and colleges offer certificate programs in journalism. Both professional and undergraduate certificate programs are available for study. Some programs focus on a particular area of journalism, such as online journalism or policy journalism. For undergraduate certificate programs, you're usually able to transfer credit to a bachelor's degree program.
Some programs won't allow you to take the certificate in journalism if you're majoring in a program that is heavy with communications courses. However, programs commonly recommend that you have some background knowledge in journalism or mass communications.
|Available Programs||Professional and undergraduate programs available, can transfer certificate program credit to bachelor's program|
|Classes||Legal aspects of journalism and media, journalistic approaches to television and print, electives such as travel writing, photojournalism or investigative reporting|
|Online Certificate||Available through extension programs or online colleges, sometimes combination of online and onsite|
|Certification||National certification through Journalism Education Association (JEA)|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2018)*||$62,170 (for Writers and Authors)|
|Job Growth (2016-2026)*||8% (for Writers and Authors)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Will I Learn?
Certificate programs in journalism typically offer a variety of elective courses, in addition to requiring a few core courses. Core courses cover the legal aspects of journalism and media, as well as addressing the journalistic approaches to various types of media, such as television and print. You can customize your program by taking elective courses on travel writing, photojournalism or investigative reporting, among other topics. Other commonly found course topics include these:
- Copy editing
- Media ethics
- Food writing
- Sports writing
- Global media
- Reporting science
- Feature writing
- Fashion and art writing
- Film, book or food criticism
- Visual communications
- Public relations
Can I Earn the Certificate Online?
Online journalism certificate programs are available through different extension and online colleges. These programs are sometimes offered through a combination of onsite and online courses. This allows you to study journalism with a flexible schedule.
Can I Get Certified?
While certification isn't common - nor is it required - you can earn certification in journalism education through the Journalism Education Association (JEA), which provides various resources for those who teach journalism (www.jea.org). This certification is national, and it accepts independent study and workshop study towards college credits requirements.