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College Media Network is committed to providing high-quality, expertly-taught courses that support aspiring journalists, media professionals and those who train and teach them.

In partnership with the College Media Association — more than 700 people who advise the nation’s collegiate media newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, broadcast and electronic media and their staffs — we’re focused on one mission: Building a great education and training community.

Here are our current offerings:

The Basics of Music Journalism

This 8-week learning experience will combine your existing writing skills with your passion for music to teach you why music writing is a unique and thrilling pursuit. It’s the writing course you wish your college offered.

Through personalized feedback, you will learn how to establish your unique critical voice and understand the techniques that will help you unlock a career in music journalism.

If you have a talent for writing and obsess over bands and playlists, this is the place for you. The next session begins on November 11, 2019 and you can enroll until November 18.

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Advanced Music Journalism

This 8-week course is designed for those who have completed the Basics of Music Journalism or have sufficient skills and experience with to be ready for advanced training and experiential learning. 

There are two main objectives in this course: 1.) Connecting with industry professionals, applying for jobs, building a freelance contact list and answering the big question: do you really have what it takes to work full-time in the music industry?  

2.) To take your writing, critical insight and musical knowledge to a place where your work is on par with the best music writing anywhere. 

During the course you will work closely with CMN Executive Editor Patrick Foster to design a personal roadmap for success. The next session begins on November 11, 2019 and you can enroll until November 18.

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The History of Punk Rock

From proto-punk to hardcore, a concise history of the movement that altered the face of music from London to Los Angeles. Taught by an instructor who’s done more stage diving than he cares to admit, this course is ideal for music writers and anyone who want to build historical knowledge and loves a good story. 

The course will include original lectures and interviews with historians. It will also include writing and research assignments, discographies, reading lists and complete materials for further research on featured artists and movements.

Newsroom Leadership Course

This eight-week course is designed to help journalists become better leaders in their newsrooms.

Upon completion of this course, you will have a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the multimedia newsroom, including the differences between managing, leading and coaching, and how to do each successfully with your own staff.

The course features eight informative lectures on various aspects of newsroom leadership as well as individual assignments to explore your personal leadership style and how to make the most of it.

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Podcasting Course

An 8-week experiential learning course that outlines the basics of podcasting, from recording setups to interviewing techniques to getting a show onto major distribution platforms to choosing the right microphone.

This course is ideal for those who are looking to start and launch a podcast of their own, or those who want to add podcasting to their digital skill set. The experience can be applied to a wide variety of career paths, from marketing to audio engineering.

Participants will also get the opportunity to work on CMN’s very own podcast. The next session begins on November 11, 2019 and you can enroll until November 18.

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How to Make an Audio Documentary

A six-week course designed for anyone interested in learning the art and craft of great audio storytelling.

Perhaps you’re an aspiring podcaster, radio reporter or family historian. Whatever your audio storytelling goal, this class is for you. You’ll learn effective recording and interviewing techniques, how to use simple editing software and guidelines to help you create your story.

You’ll also have fun listening to great stories and learning tips from some of the masters of the craft, like Ira Glass. This class is conducted like a workshop which means you’ll get lots of helpful feedback from the instructor who has over twenty years of audio storytelling experience.

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Sportswriting

An 8-week experiential learning course focused on enhancing your reporting, interviewing and information gathering skills as they specifically relate to the modern sports landscape. Participants will have the opportunity to publish on CMN’s platform, build a multimedia portfolio, and develop your social media reporting skills.

This course provides the ideal hands-on experience that separate you from the multitudes of sports journalism majors. The next session begins on November 11, 2019 and you can enroll until November 18.

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Want to teach with us?

CMN and CMA are always looking for new course ideas and instructors. If you are interested in being part of our team, fill out our Instructor Interest Form.

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