Course Overview

Learn how to tell stories about you and your world using a variety of journalism skills. Students will apply the foundations of journalism to content creations across platforms. Projects include social media storytelling, zine creation, podcast production, breaking news coverage, and interviews. No journalism experience required, but curiosity is a must.

Tell stories about you and your world through journalism! Explore journalism ethics, practice fundamental skills and create content across platforms. Consider the ways audiences understand and interpret information. Compare storytelling styles on podcasts, social media, magazines, and more. Experiment with different types of coverage, including news, sports, entertainment and lifestyle. Hear from Newhouse alumni working in the media industry about how their Syracuse classes and activities are helping them succeed in their professional careers. This is a hands-on course designed to give you real-life journalism experience.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion and have the opportunity to request a Syracuse University noncredit transcript.                                                

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the role journalism and journalists play in our communities
  • Practice fundamental journalism skills of interviewing and writing
  • Discuss journalism standards of ethics and diversity
  • Produce a variety of journalism for different media platforms

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 114

Format: On Campus (at Syracuse University)

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2024 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail


  • Residential: $4,095
  • Commuter: $3,166

Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees. Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College – On Campus: Experience what college is really like: take a college-level course, live in a residence hall, have meals with friends in a dining hall, and participate in activities and events on campus.

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesClass Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College – On Campus2-Week Session I: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 19, 2024MTWThF;
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Students will break for roughly one hour for lunch. Class times subject to change.

Course Requirements

Students should bring a cell phone/mobile device that can be used for field reporting, photography and video.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students will attend class Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one hour break for lunch.

Morning sessions (9 a.m.-Noon) will be dedicated to discussions about journalism, professional guests and hands-on practice with the tools to be a versatile digital journalist.

Afternoon sessions (1-4 p.m.) will put that practice into play with in-the-field work related to reporting, photography, video, social media, podcasting and media production.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College – On Campus activities to meet and connect with other students! Check out our On Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Jonathan Neal Glass

Jon Glass’ experience in the digital news realm spans more than three decades from launching dozens of media websites to remaining at the forefront of social media, technology and storytelling practices. He teaches Newhouse School courses that focus on current industry issues and multi-platform content development as well as producing, an award-winning, student-run news, sports and entertainment outlet for the Syracuse University community.