Enrollment Now Open for Journalism for Social Change Pilot

Class Offered to CalSWEC Schools and Partners 

The pilot of the online course Journalism for Social Change (J4SC), which gives social work students the opportunity to explore the intersection of social work, public policy, and journalism, is now open for enrollment to CalSWEC consortium members and partnersClick to register for Journalism for Social Change

Dates: Jan. 8–Feb. 19, 2015 (6 weeks)
Estimated effort: 2–4 hours/week
Cost: None; course is FREE
Last day to enroll: Jan. 7, 2015
Enrollment limit: 150 people

In the interdisciplinary J4SC, students will learn how to produce solution-based journalistic pieces about problems facing children and their families. 


                   Watch the course introductory video                         
Download, print, and post the informational flyer about J4SC

They will learn how to:

  • Research and write solution-based stories or articles;
  • Understand child welfare issues through the lens of social welfare, public policy, and journalism;
  • Affect policy change through the vehicle of solutions-based journalism.

About J4SC

J4SC seeks to inform and inspire political action through media productionIt is a graduate-level course currently offered to journalism, public policy, and social work students at UC Berkeley and University of Southern California, with an undergraduate version at San Francisco State University.

CalSWEC partnered with J4SC lecturer Daniel Heimpel, the founder of Fostering Media Connections, to obtain grant funding to develop the online course that is being piloted. CalSWEC will also conduct course evaluations to gauge efficacy of content and pedagogy.

Following the pilot, J4SC will be offered via edX as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in March 2015 to a worldwide audience.