Course Brief

This course is designed to introduce learners to the fundamental skills of the modern journalist. Participants will develop their skills in writing and research for print and other media. Participants will also further their understanding of the conceptual and practical challenges facing journalists in the current media environment. The course will increase participants understanding of the essential components of a news presentation.

 Target audience:
  • Anyone interested in pursuing a career in journalism
  • Anyone interested in pursuing a career in communications or public relations, where understanding the media is necessary
  • Anyone interested in learning more about media and journalism so as to become a more informed consumer of news.

  • This course is offered in 24 contact hours

On completion of this course, participants should:

1.  Understand the media environment in the newsroom, online, within the wider community and abroad
2.  Be aware of the history of journalism
3.  Define what journalism is and what news is; explain how they are different from other forms of mass communication
4.  Explain what ethics is and what bias is; explain the ethical concerns specific to journalism and media; explain the ways bias affects the media and how bias can be reduced
5.  Competently research and write a news article
6.  Competently research and  write a feature article
7.  Competently research and write a review or opinion piece
8.  Competently conduct an interview
9.  Understand what investigative journalism is and how an investigative piece is researched
10. Know common grammatical errors made by journalists and how to avoid them.

  • Session 1
    What is journalism?
    Presentations & Discussions:
    – Course introduction
    – What is journalism?
    – History of journalism
    – The role of the journalist
    – Challenges facing journalists around the world and in the region
    – Different types of articles – news, feature, reviews, columns
    – Newsworthiness – What is news?
    – News and feature angles

Exercises:
Finding story angles from online sources

  • Session 2
    Sources & Interviews
    Presentations & Discussions
    – Developing angles
    – Different types of sources
    – Choosing and pinning down sources
    – Developing questions and conducting an interview
    – Importance of quotes; choosing and using quotes

Exercises:
Classmate interviews

  • Session 3
    Writing the news
    Presentations & Discussions:
    – Writing the news story
    – How do you know when you’ve gotten it right

Exercises:
Writing a lede
Writing a story outline

  • Session 4
    The feature story
    Presentations & Discussions:
    – Features versus news
    – Feature introduction and nutgraphs
    – Feature story structure & writing styles
    – Sidebars

Exercises:
Practice feature intros and nutgraphs

  • Session 5
    Opinion writing
    Presentations & Discussions
    – Professional Ethics in journalism
    – Is objectivity possible? – recognizing and reducing bias
    – Writing reviews/columns/editorials
    – What makes them different from other forms of journalism writing

Exercises:
Practice opinion writing

  • Session 6
    Investigative journalism
    Presentations & Discussions
    – What is investigative journalism
    – The challenges of investigative journalism

Exercises
Suggest and plan an investigative piece

  • Session 7
    Grammar & clarity
    Presentations & Discussions
    – Common grammar mistakes in journalism and how to avoid them
    – The importance of clarity in news writing and how to achieve it

Exercises:
Grammar exercises

  • Session 8
    Course review
    Presentations & Discussions
    – Course conclusion and review
    – Developing your craft
    – Career opportunities in journalism; freelancing
    – The challenges of the modern newsroom
    – The role of the editor, choosing stories, meeting deadlines

Exercises:
Refinement of earlier story attempts
In-class presentations

LocationStart DateEnd DateDaysTime
ModeCost
Port-of-Spain01-Jun-201727-Jul-2017Thur5:30pm – 8:30pmPT$2450.00

 

  • Broadcasting and Journalism

    Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or video content or other messages to a dispersed audience via any electronic mass communications medium, but typically one using the radio. Often paired, Journalism is the work and distribution of reports on the interaction of events, facts, ideas, and people that are the "news of the day" and that informs society.


    Our programmes, are designed for persons who wish to enhance or develop their broadcasting and or journalistic skills.


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