Where to Get Free or Low-Cost Digital Journalism Training

dig. journ feat picNeed to brush-up on your digital journalism skills? You might want to check-out some free or low-cost, online courses being offered within the next few months.

The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley is always a good bet for training as is the Society of Professional Journalists and of course, Poynter’s News University.

But, we ran across a curious offering from a New Jersey-based journalism professor, Dr. Mu Lin, an assistant professor at Georgian Court University, who is endeavoring to offer an entirely free, Online J-School through his blog at mulinblog.com.

His online, digital journalism training courses begin this February with a 5-week, free online course in Audio Slideshow Storytelling.

On his blog, Dr. Lin writes that his Online J-School has been “working to develop a library of free digital skills courses to allow participation from a variety of like-minded people who believe in the value of knowledge sharing.”

The school’s tentative, online schedule of classes for 2014 includes:


  • Audio Slideshow Storytelling (February, August)
  • Writing for the Web (March, September)
  • Google Mapping for Communicators (April, October)
  • Introduction to Data Visualization (May, November)
  • Mobile Video Storytelling (to be announced)
  • Introduction to Social Media Reporting and Marketing (to be announced)
  • Introduction to Web Metrics and Analytics (to be announced)


Dr. Lin also notes that specific start dates for scheduled courses will be announced one month before the course starts, and the course will be available for self-enrollment.

He also adds that new courses are being developed and the schedule will be updated periodically as the courses become available.

The courses and the schedule are subject to change/cancellation without notice.

For more information or to register or enroll, follow instructions on the How to Enroll page.