West Virginia University Journalism Students Can Now Earn Extra ‘Certificate of Digital Proficiency’

As The Daily Athenaeum reports, the School of Journalism at West Virginia University has begun offering an extra Certificate of Digital Proficiency to go along with its main degree programs.  The Certificate will be granted to students who complete a set of courses specifically targeted to “skills in interactive journalism, video editing, blogging and design software.”  A glimpse at the course offerings confirms it involves a sampling or two from most of those listed areas.

My honest first response, without any cynicism or sarcasm: The Certificate strikes me as extraneous in the age of Journalism 3.0.  I guess it’s one more polish on a student CV.  But seriously, if a student is earning a journalism degree without taking classes covering those skills, I would seriously question that school’s program.  Being a journalism graduate today should confirm you have had some experience with digital platforms and storytelling processes.  You should not need an extra certificate with the word digital in it to prove it.

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  1. Bryan Murley says:

    I could see it being beneficial for a mid-career journalist, but I agree with you about undergrads. They should be able to do this stuff when they graduate.

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