Journalism Certificate

Larry Hansen

CALL: (608) 258-2389

School of Arts and Sciences

Truax C2433
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6246

onday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.




Program number: 908012CERT


The Journalism Certificate at Madison College gives students the basic understanding of and skills needed to work as an entry-level journalist.

Program Details

Students earning the Journalism Certificate can attend full or part time.

Journalism classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Madison - Downtown
  • Madison - South
  • Reedsburg
  • Portage
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Watertown

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.



Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


After completing the Journalism Certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Gain employment in the field of journalism. Past students have landed full-time or part-time jobs in journalism or public relations. Many students have used the skills they acquired completing the certificate to specialize as freelance writers or obtain an internship.

  • Gain journalism credits that transfer to colleges and universities in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

  • Develop a portfolio of published work. Each student also will leave the Journalism Certificate program with a quality cover letter and resume.

  • Journalism credits can be used as electives for the Liberal Arts associate degree.

  • Enhance your media literacy and communication skills. Completing the Journalism Certificate will allow you to understand how the media operates in our society and also sharpen your communication skills.


Journalism is an exciting, rewarding career. Journalists have the unique opportunity to travel, investigate issues and interview fascinating people while getting paid to tell a story about what they see, hear and experience. With the Journalism Certificate, you will be ready for a range of professional positions in the field of journalism, including:

  • News Reporter
  • Feature Writer
  • Radio Reporter
  • Video Journalist
  • Social Media Writer
  • Web Writer
  • Copy Editor
  • Public Relations Writer

Journalists who also have "new media" skills, such as podcasting and video storytelling, are attractive candidates to media organizations looking to hire multi-talented journalists.

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