Latest Courses

Intro to Mapping and GIS for Journalists

Instructor: Darla Cameron and Chris Essig
Dates: August 27 to September 23, 2018

Sign up for Introduction to Mapping and GIS for Journalists, which teaches best practices for making maps for storytelling purposes. In this free online course, two senior developers from the Texas Tribune will teach how to create and use maps to do just this. Newsrooms around the world are seeking journalists and developers with knowledge of tools like the ones that will be taught in this entry level course for journalists and anyone else interested in map-making and GIS skills. Sign up now.

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Listen up! How to Launch and Grow a Hit Podcast

Instructors: Caitlin Thompson, Tobin Low, Rose Eveleth, Jacob Kramer-Duffield, and Jennifer Barish
Dates:August 20 to September 23, 2018

Sign up now for “Listen up! How to Launch and Grow a Hit Podcast.” This free course is open to anyone interested in podcasting — from students who just want to understand more about this rapidly maturing medium to people with podcast ideas who’d like to jumpstart the creation of their own podcast by understanding the steps involved. This is an intro-level class, but taught by experts.

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Welcome to, an online training platform of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin. This program of free or low cost online courses is possible in part thanks to a generous grant from the Knight Foundation. 

The Knight Center has offered online courses since 2003 and began to expand its distance learning program with the launch of its first MOOC in October 2012. Since then, the Center's MOOCs have reached more than 130,000 students from 171 countries. Initially, the program was focused on online classes for small groups of journalists, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean, but eventually the Knight Center began offering Massive Open Online Courses. It became the first program of MOOCs in the world specializing in journalism training, but it still offers courses to small groups as well. The MOOCs are free, but participants are asked to pay a small fee for a certificate of completion. Other courses are paid, but we keep the fees as low as possible in an effort to make the courses available to as many people as possible.

Our courses cover a variety of topics including investigative reporting, ethics, digital journalism techniques, election reporting, coverage of armed conflicts, computer-assisted reporting, and many others. Our MOOCs and courses for smaller groups last from four to six weeks. They are conducted completely online and taught by some of the most respected, experienced journalists and journalism trainers in the world. The courses take full advantage of multimedia. They feature video lectures, discussion forums, audio slideshows, self-paced quizzes, and other collaborative learning technologies. Our expert instructors provide a quality learning experience for journalists seeking to improve their skills, and citizens looking to become more engaged in journalism and democracy.

The courses offered on the platform are asynchronous, so participants can log in on the days and times that are most convenient for them. Each course, however, is open just for a specific period of time and access to it is restrict to registered students.

The Knight Center has offered online courses in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Please check this site often, as we will soon announce more online courses.

For more information about the Knight Center's Distance Learning program, please click here .

For more information about the Knight Center's MOOCs and how they work, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) .