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Global Muckraking MOOC set to launch February 8

by | Jan 23, 2017

NEW YORK, New York, January 23, 2017 — On February 8, 2017, Columbia University will launch a new MOOC (massive open online course) Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media on the edX platform. The course is free and open to all.

The five-week MOOC explores investigative and crusading journalism, and is led by Anya Schiffrin, director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. The course highlights the vital role that journalism has played in fighting injustice and wrongdoing over the last 100 years and delves into the current trends reshaping investigative reporting in the digital age.

Learn how journalists can rock the world by exposing corruption and human rights and labor abuses. Watch the trailer for the course Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media, launching on edX this February. 

Participants in the MOOC will learn about how journalists can act as government and corporate watchdogs; the hard and soft pressures on investigative journalism; and trends in media innovation. The course features cases of prominent reporters uncovering injustice from the late 19th century to today.

“Government corruption, corporate misbehavior, state-sanctioned murder. Without the hard work and stubborn persistence of investigative journalists, many of these stories would never come to light,” said Prof. Schiffrin. “In this course, we will examine the big stories and learn about the exciting changes that have transformed journalism.”

Schiffrin is on the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on Independent Journalism and edited Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World (New Press 2014). She spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia and was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

The course will consist of video lectures, online discussions, readings, and assessments. Additionally, eleven interviews with prominent journalists and authors, including Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost and Steve Coll, author and dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, are featured.

Visit ColumbiaX to register for Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media and to keep informed about upcoming MOOC releases from Columbia. Register today!