• Norah O’Donnell

    Norah O’Donnell

    American print and television journalist

Norah O’Donnell is fearless in her pursuit of the truth. It’s what makes her one of the most trusted and admired journalists in the world. Her career has taken her from the Pentagon on 9/11 to traveling with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to conducting exclusive interviews with many of the most powerful and influential global figures. Her platform is far-reaching as O’Donnell was named anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News in May 2019. She is also a contributor to “60 Minutes.” Previously, she was a co-host at CBS This Morning and the former Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News. Norah has reported for over a decade at NBC. She has received numerous awards for her groundbreaking journalism including the highly coveted NYWICI Matrix Award in 2019. In 2018, O’Donnell won an Emmy for outstanding investigative report in a newscast for her investigation into sexual assault cases at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

What will I get from this course?

In this course you will gain insight on how to become a purpose driven journalist who ignites change. Norah shares her journey as a journalist, including her experiences and her passion for the news. She offers valuable advice for any journalist looking to advance their career, or anyone who aspires to begin a career in journalism. You will learn about the current climate for reporters and broadcasters in the communications industry and garner valuable takeaways to help you foster your career. You’ll uncover your personal values and how they can contribute to you being a successful journalist. The course will encourage you to dig deeper and shine a light on the issues that you are passionate about and curious to explore. Norah will help guide you on your path to become a leading correspondent!   

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone currently working in, or interested in, a career in journalism. 
  • People who are eager to explore big issues and uncover new topics that help to ignite change and make a global impact. 
  • Those who are curious, love to explore and find answers.   

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Chapter 1: A Passion for News
    • Lesson 1: Political Journalism & Tough Questions
    • Lesson 2: Broadcast News… an Orchestra
    • Lesson 3: Raised with the News
    • Lesson 4: Lessons in Serving the Public in Government
    • Lesson 5: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
  • 2
    Chapter 2: Women in Broadcast Journalism
    • Lesson 1: See It, Believe It. Be It!
    • Lesson 2: Female Journalists Who Pave the Way
    • Lesson 3: Transformational Moments in Journalism for Women
    • Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
  • 3
    Chapter 3: Fostering Your Career
    • Lesson 1: Curiosity Drives You
    • Lesson 2: Finding Clarity of Purpose in Your Career
    • Lesson 3: Women Succeeding
    • Lesson 4: Trusted Friends - Gayle King
    • Lesson 5: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
  • 4
    Chapter 4: A New Awareness for Women and Success
    • Lesson 1: Finding Your Voice
    • Lesson 2: Interviewing the President
    • Lesson 3: A New Day for Women in Politics
    • Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
  • 5
    Chapter 5: Essential Values of a Good Journalist
    • Lesson 1: Listening & Empathy Are Essential to Good Reporting
    • Lesson 2: Generosity
    • Lesson 3: Covering Basic Goodness
    • Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
  • 6
    Chapter 6: Family Life as a Journalist
    • Lesson 1: A Strong Support System
    • Lesson 2: Lessons as a Mom
    • Lesson 3: Partner Support & Confidence
    • Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
  • 7
    Chapter 7: It’s Time for Reckoning & Trust
    • Lesson 1: A Light Bulb Moment
    • Lesson 2: The Importance of Multiple Sources
    • Lesson 3: Trusted Sources
    • Lesson 4: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
  • 8
    Chapter 8: Norah’s Golden Advice for Success
    • Lesson 1: Persistence
    • Lesson 2: Passion
    • Lesson 3: Professionalism
    • Lesson 4: Integrity
    • Lesson 5: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF
  • 9
    Chapter 9: The Wisdom of Good Journalism
    • Lesson 1: Surround Yourself with People Who Are like Sunshine
    • Lesson 2: Filtering Solutions
    • Lesson 3: Intention with an Interview
    • Lesson 4: The Power of the Question
    • Lesson 5: Legacy - Not Yet!
    • Lesson 6: Worksheet - Downloadable PDF