Middlesex College Free Journalism Certificate!
Middlesex College Will Offer a Free Community Journalism Certificate Program This Summer

Middlesex College Free Journalism Certificate!


Certificate Program This Summer

MCC is one of just four community colleges selected to co-develop and launch certificate programs in community journalism in NJ.


Middlesex College is launching a certificate program this summer, starting June 2024, to train students to become active contributors to local news in Middlesex County. Middlesex College is one of just four community colleges selected by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) and Journalism + Design at The New School (J+D) to co-develop and launch certificate programs in community journalism across the state. The noncredit program is free and open to anyone interested in participating (including high school students) thanks to a $40,000 grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) and Journalism + Design at The New School (J+D). The program will run as a pilot for two years.

The eight-week course will be taught by Middlesex College faculty – History Professor Cristobal Espinoza-Wulach and English Professor Melissa Edwards – and will teach students how to produce compelling content based on the issues that shape their communities. Participants will learn essential tools, practices and values involved in producing journalism and their practical application in creating content for different platforms, including social media, print media, and more. Moreover, they will learn about the history of Middlesex County and how to engage with local government institutions.

The program is designed to encourage local journalism at the grass-roots level.

“Middlesex County is a culturally and politically vibrant community. For that reason, we want to empower local content creators, influencers, YouTubers with tools for reporting on what’s going on to the very people who live and go to work and school in our towns. Transparency, through coverage of local events and government operations, is essential in giving residents voice and building healthier communities,” said Espinoza-Wulach. 

The course format will be primarily remote-live Monday and Wednesday evenings but will include a couple of in-person sessions. Students will complete one story and develop skills that will prepare them to continue their education in journalism or pursue related careers in communications, media, education, the nonprofit sector, advertising, business, and more.

Participants will also have the opportunity to post content to an online portal on the College’s library site, including articles and other community-related information.

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity. Middlesex County is filled with tiny municipalities with different populations, priorities and multiple stakeholders,” said Edwards. “I am happy to partner with NJCH/J+D to help provide the tools that will allow New Jersey citizens to become better informed about the ins and outs of their communities, which I anticipate will help them make more deliberate decisions and also help them take action.”

To learn more about the program, visit https://continuinged.middlesexcc.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=2882036.



Middlesex College, established in 1964, is a public, two-year institution of higher education located in the heart of New Jersey. With a main campus in Edison and centers in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy, Middlesex College offers over 85 degree and certificate programs encouraging its more than 10,000 students to explore, grow, and thrive. Middlesex College, through dedicated faculty, state-of-the-art educational facilities, and holistic student supports, is committed to providing a high-quality, affordable college education that provides every student an opportunity for growth and achievement. Middlesex College is Middlesex County’s premier destination for lifelong learning and workforce training. Learn more at middlesexcollege.edu.

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