UC Irvine Extension Launches New Specialized Studies In Digital Journalism Program

  UC Irvine Extension Launches New Specialized Studies In Digital Journalism

Online Courses and Webinars to Address Journalist's Migration from Traditional
to Digital Media

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IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The University of California,
Irvine Extension announced today an innovative online Specialized Studies
program in Digital Journalism in response to the explosive growth of online
media, and the resulting need for career journalists to transition from
traditional to new digital media platforms. Writers, journalists, and
publishers looking to enhance their careers and migrate to real-time content
management and publishing utilizing online media outlets will benefit from
this program.

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"With the immediacy of the news cycles, blogs, wikis, and social media outlets
such as Facebook and Twitter, the way news content is gathered, reported and
disseminated has completely changed," said Melanie Mitchell, director of
management, marketing and business programs at UC Irvine Extension. "Our
Digital Journalism program allows participants to combine their journalistic
skills with the practical tools needed to successfully contribute to this
digital media transformation."

Two free webinars and two online courses will be offered this spring to
provide professionals with a comprehensive understanding of how to gather,
write and disseminate news and information across multiple online platforms.

The free webinars are as follows:

  oDigital Journalism Education Planning Session: On Wednesday, February 27
    from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, participants may join a webinar
    providing an overview of the program, explaining how UC Irvine Extension
    has worked with professionals from leading digital publications to help
    career journalists learn how to take advantage of the variety of digital
    media outlets necessary in today's diverse news marketplace.
  oMarketing Your Online "Beat" Information Session: Taking place on
    Wednesday, March 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST, this webinar will
    present participants with an overview of the ways in which journalists
    develop their 'beat,' creating a network of online sources and deepening
    their knowledge of social media promotional techniques. The webinar will
    also include a sneak peek into the spring course, "Finding and Marketing
    Your Online 'Beat.'"

The new courses include:

  oMaking Your Journalistic Notebook Public (April 1 – May 5): Technology has
    fundamentally changed the ways in which news is gathered, produced and
    distributed. The vast array of social networking tools now available on
    the web, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn, Instagram,
    Pinterest, G+ and Skype are all critical outlets that journalists can
    utilize to find sources, build content, and promote stories. The course
    will help students identify how to organize their online journalism
    toolkit and select the appropriate methods to tell their stories.
    Instructor Kevin Hanegan, B.S., is the author of four related programming
    books and is currently the Director of Educational Services for TIBCO
  oFinding and Marketing Your Online Beat (April 29 – June 9): This course
    focuses on the last decade of transition in the journalism world. Rapid
    technology changes have deeply affected journalism, bringing multiple
    opportunities for reporters to distinguish themselves. In order to survive
    in an ever-evolving world, today's journalist or writer needs to have at
    least one area of expertise; their "beat." Instructor Deidre Woollard,
    M.F.A. will examine the various forms an online "beat" can take, as well
    as how to develop a "beat," court sources, deepen your knowledge and
    ultimately, how to get online content read.

For additional information or to register for the online courses or webinars,
please visit http://unex.uci.edu/areas/business_mgmt/digital_journalism/ or
call (949) 824-5414.

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