In a press release yesterday, the University of Southern California and The New York Times Knowledge Network announced a partnership to offer extensive continuing education classes for adults looking to “enhance their professional path.” There will be seven specific programs: architecture, arts management, business, cinematic arts, communications, medicine and politics. The programs will begin in Fall 2011 and will offer over 40 online courses that will feature both USC professors and New York Times journalists, as well as materials from The New York Times.
USC’s Suzanne Wu told 10,000 Words, “In addition to the classes for adults in areas such as arts management and politics, there is a journalism class specifically for high school students being offered in the fall. Since it’s online, it’ll be a rare chance for students all over the world to interact with one another and their esteemed faculty.”
USC’s journalism course offerings for high school students include classes like “How to Start a Blog,” “Creating Video for the Web” and “Running a Community Blog,” resources which will undoubtedly be helpful for the budding journalism student.
This is not USC’s first foray into innovative professional collaboration. We’ve previously written about the Annenberg School for Journalism and Communication’s partnership with California Watch. However, this new program echoes that of the NYT/NYU partnership, which offers high school students the chance to learn about hyperlocal journalism through The New York Times’ East Village Local blog.
For a full listing of courses offered through The New York Times Knowledge Network, check out the online course catalog.