Introducing Modern Journalism

In 2021, just under a third of Americans reported that they regularly accessed news content. Conversely, employment for news analysts, reporters, and journalists is projected to grow 6% by 2030. With opportunities for aspiring journalists on the rise, it’s becoming increasingly important to have affordable alternatives to journalism schools. Yellowbrick, a leading online education platform, has teamed up with New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Rolling Stone to launch the Modern Journalism online certificate course. Students learn about industry practices and study the basic skills needed to practice journalism from NYU faculty and staff from Rolling Stone. Students can complete the course at their own pace as Modern Journalism is entirely online and on-demand. After the course, students receive a non-credit Certificate of Completion from NYU.

Modern Journalism

There are six Modern Journalism modules: 

  • Acts of Journalism Today
  • Journalistic Inquiry: Basic Investigating and Reporting
  • Longform and Feature Writing
  • Multimedia Storytelling
  • The Journalist and Social Media
  • The Journalism Business and the Working Journalist 

Course instructors will guide students through the production of news stories from idea generation through editing. Lessons include a survey of investigative tools and techniques, interviewing techniques, journalistic ethics, audio and visual storytelling, and social media for newsgathering and distribution.

Each module features video lessons, self-paced assignments, and hands-on projects to reinforce critical knowledge and help develop writing skills. Courses are led by Ted Conover, Liza Kaufman Hogan, and Julia Dahl from NYU and journalists such as Emily Leibert, Lilian Manansala, and Brenna Ehrlich. 

Modern Journalism is intended for students at all career levels. This online journalism course is perfect if you’re starting in your career and are unsure of what you’d like to do, or if you’re a published writer interested in switching careers paths. Modern Journalism will help you narrow down your options and prepare you for a career in journalism.


Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute is the journalism school at New York University. Coursework focuses on the basic skills of reporting, research, writing, and multimedia storytelling. Simultaneously students tackle ethics, learn journalism history, and consider what journalism can and should accomplish when informing the public.  

Rolling Stone is a digital and print magazine and one of the leading media voices in music, politics, and popular culture.


Graduates of Modern Journalism can expect to complete the online course with an understanding of:

  • Writing clear, accurate, and engaging prose
  • The art of pitching
  • Basic reporting and investigation
  • Producing fact-based audio and visual stories
  • Social media platforms and story formats
  • Crafting a professional identity


Delisa Shannon is the supervising producer of News Video for Rolling Stone.

Emily Leibert is a staff writer at Jezebel. She has bylines at Teen Vogue, Jezebel, Refinery29, and Bustle.

Lilian Manansala is a video journalist with Insider. She has worked on the series “Still Standing,” “World Wide Waste,” and “Maps & Data.”

Ted Conover is a writer and professor of journalism at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.


If you’re still not sure if Modern Journalism is right for you, think about the following questions:

  • Are you interested in journalism, but a traditional journalism school isn’t a good fit for your needs?
  • Would you like an affordable option to pursue an education in journalism?
  • Are you a writer interested in pursuing a new field such as investigative journalism?
  • Do you want to learn how to conduct in-depth research and refine your interviewing techniques?
  • Would you like to learn how to leverage social media to build an audience and source story ideas?

To receive a video preview and our course catalog, head over to Modern Journalism and sign up to learn more.