American University of Beirut

Journalism Certificate


​This certificate offers a comprehensive insight into the theories and practice of journalism in the digital era. Courses address a variety of areas including media law, ethics of reporting, digital storytelling, visual media production, investigative journalism, mobile reporting, cyber activism, in addition to other relevant fields in modern journalism. The certificate​ program aims to advance the participants’ skills and capabilities when reporting on multimedia platforms.

​​​​​Course Description

  • CJRN 201 Media Law and Ethics

This course explores the ethical guidelines of various media practices. It aims to establish an understating of media ethics as globally understood and standardized. It engages with ethical dilemmas that journalists face in their career, in theory and practice. The course also outlines the basic legal principles governing the media industry with emphasis on the Arab World. It highlights public communication laws and regulations regarding copyright, privacy, defamation and obscenity. 

  • CJRN 202 Investigative Journalism

This course introduces the forms and needs of investigative journalism and explores the conventional and unconventional means deployed in this type of reporting. The course unpacks the methods applied to balance between achieving maximum outcomes and sustaining general ethical principles in journalistic investigations. 

  • CJRN 203 Basic Journalistic Writing and Reporting

This course introduces students to innovative techniques and strategies of storytelling, especially in digital media environments. These include data visualization, visual essays and writing narratives for print and online media. The course also provides participants with a blend of skills in broadcast news gathering, editing and producing. 

  • CJRN 204 Advocacy and Cyber Activism

This course explores the theories and strategies of digital media use for advocacy campaigns, with a focus on principles of civic activism in the era of digital media convergence. It examines case studies of using digital media tools and civic activism principles to develop social and political change campaigns. ​​

​​​​​​​​​To submit your full registration, ​​send all filled required documents to or pass by CEC Office. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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