Develop the investigating, reporting, and audio-visual storytelling skills needed for a multifaceted career in modern journalism and related professions in communication.

This program is perfect for...

  • Aspiring journalists and multi-media storytellers
  • Media professionals looking to expand research, editing, and storytelling skills
  • Public relations and communication professionals expanding digital distribution knowledge
  • Non-fiction writers who want to develop their newswriting skills or podcasting skills

What you can learn.

  • Hone essential research, interviewing, and storytelling skills
  • Develop investigation, writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Reach targeted and mass audiences across various media formats
  • Learn reporting and multimedia production
  • Explore media law, ethics, and the impact of AI on the field

Investigation and Storytelling in an Age of Evolving Media

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As the digital era reshapes how information is created, verified and shared, skilled journalism has become even more important. Journalists must navigate a multifaceted media environment, identify credible information sources and leverage digital platforms to craft responsible narratives that engage and inform global audiences. These capabilities are indispensable in new and traditional news settings, and across various professional landscapes including public relations, content marketing, social media management and more. 

As media boundaries merge, the need for adaptable skills grows, offering broader career paths and the ability to influence through well-informed, impactful storytelling.

This certificate is approved for international students to study full time in the U.S. on an F-1 visa.

International students must meet English language proficiency requirements for admission into the program.

While most certificate programs begin each quarter, some have limited intakes for students studying on F-1 visa. Find this program on the Browse Certificate Programs page to confirm entry quarters before applying.

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Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
JOURN X 440.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
JOURN X 440.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
JOURN X 440.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Typically Offered: Winter
Typically Offered: Spring
Typically Offered: Summer

Program Start Dates:

  • Domestic students may begin the program in either Fall or Spring Quarter
  • International students (F-1 student visa) must begin the program in Fall Quarter

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

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*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in journalism can provide you with practical experience in a variety of journalism job functions. Certificate students must have completed a minimum of 5 courses, including Reporting and Writing I (JOURN X 432) and Media Law and Ethics (JOURN X 462), which must be completed with a GPA of 3.0 or better, before enrolling in the internship.

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The Journalism certificate program at UCLA Extension provided me with invaluable exposure to the happenings of the industry, which is evolving and transforming every day. The program not only had highly qualified instructors who brought their experience to the classrooms but also regularly involved guest speakers from the industry, providing first-hand insight into the field.

Hari V.
Journalism Certificate Graduate

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