I am a student of journalism. I have been for some time now. Do I want to be a journalist?
Why? Because I am truth seeker. I have always been the one to ask questions. Once in a job, I was told I ask TOO many questions. I knew from that day on that I was meant to work in news. It has been quite some time since I came to that revelation. In the meantime I have fulfilled some other dreams. I am very grateful that I did too!
A couple of years ago I began taking classes again online in order to start my journey to becoming a professional journalist. Due to some setbacks and mistakes on my part I have fallen behind. Basically I owe a school money due to a detail I overlooked about financial aid. So without too much detail I am sort of at a standstill.
While I am paying of the debt I owe to continue my education I have discovered MOOCs.
Now what in the world is an MOOC you may ask? It stands for Mass Open Online Courses.
These are often free courses that you can take online, sometimes with a professor monitoring your progress. But often you are doing a self-paced course. In most instances the course itself is free and once you complete it, you can pay a small fee to receive a certificate from the institution that created the class showing that you completed it. These certificate in turn can be added to your resume to show you are certified in this particular area.
I figured that since my hunger for a journalism education is so strong I could try out some of these and learn some things on my own so that I may apply them when I do begin working in the field.
Hopefully if all goes well, I will be back in a university continuing to learn more and gain experience by the end of the year. Until then I am going to post some things that I am learning through these MOOCs and my thoughts on the path I have chosen!
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