Program type:

Graduate Academic Certificate

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Hone your storytelling craft and make and craft impactful narratives in all media formats.
This certificate program is designed to teach exceptional narrative writing, editing and other storytelling skills that will become essential in the ever-evolving and fast-growing world of nonfiction publishing.

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Why earn a Narrative Journalism Certificate?

UNT's Narrative Journalism Graduate Certificate is specifically designed for professional journalists, authors, writing instructors, editors and researchers currently working for newspapers, magazines, book publishers and public relations firms.

Professionals attending our annual Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference have asked us to consider offering year-round instruction in the art and craft of narrative nonfiction to enhance their skills and better equip them for the rapidly changing job market in creative writing and teaching. Our certificate program in narrative journalism is designed to give students a competitive edge in all fields of journalism and creative writing.

Narrative Journalism Certificate Highlights

The Mayborn faculty brings more than 400 years of combined experience in real-world settings to our classrooms to inform and inspire our more than 1,000 students. And Mayborn alumni live and work at the heart of some of the world's leading media and communications companies.
UNT is located within the fifth-largest media market in the country and our students have access to numerous outstanding internship opportunities in broadcasting, news, photojournalism, advertising and public relations.
These courses may also be applied to a master’s degree in journalism while offering you valuable skills to help distinguish you in your career.
The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT is among the nation's top schools for journalism and mass communication, with undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in print and digital journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations and photojournalism.

Narrative Journalism Certificate Courses You Could Take

Advanced Multimedia Storytelling for News (3 hrs)
Expanding the boundaries of non-fiction storytelling through multiple forms of traditional and emerging media. Students gain proficiency with Macintosh software programs, conduct independent research on multimedia skills and techniques, create presentations based on that research, and participate in constructive critique sessions of their own and others’ work. Students either complete a research paper on an approved topic or create and execute a lesson plan for class presentation on an approved topic.
Magazine Writing and Publishing (3 hrs)
Study and practice of magazine production, including photography, editing, advertising and design. Explores production schedules, advertising and marketing promotions. Covers composition, printing methods and cost-quality issues to rewriting, copy reading and fitting galleys into layouts and resulting in the production of a magazine.
Literary Journalism (3 hrs)
Explores the application of literary techniques to journalism projects involving real world experiences. Employs setting, dialogue, sensory detail and other techniques used by literary journalists. Teaches immersion journalism techniques. Linked to The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and other off-campus opportunities.
Writing, Editing and Publishing for the Literary Market (3 hrs)
Advanced editing practices and story-telling devices used to create and edit book-length manuscripts and other forms of literary nonfiction. Explores the careers of literary journalists and their work.
Advanced Feature Writing (3 hrs)
Focuses on the art and craft of long-form feature writing, using extensive research and interviews; equips students with the skills to construct a feature series.
Narrative Journalism (3 hrs)
Explores the art of narrative journalism. Study of short- and long-form narratives for newspapers, magazines and web-based publications.

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