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Introduction to Journalism Short Courses

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This 10 week short course is aimed at those interested in developing basic journalism and media skills, many of which are now relevant to those both inside and outside of ‘the industry’.

Why choose this course?

Led by an experienced broadcast journalist, the course focuses on developing knowledge and key skills in media and journalism, from considering initial ideas for a story, through to how to best present different kinds of content to a variety of audiences.

You will develop an understanding in identifying what makes something ‘newsworthy’ and how to consider different angles to approach a subject, through to researching, interviewing and presenting this content in a way that appeals to different audiences and is tailored to suit different platforms.

City, University of London is one of the most reputable universities in the area of journalism; ranking 1st in London for Communication and Media Studies, according to the Complete University Guide 2018. Due to our excellent links within the media sector, the university is able to offer exceptional courses at low cost.

Taught over 10 weekly evening classes and delivered from our central London location, this journalism course offers expert tuition and the flexibility of part-time study.

Course overview

This is a practical and creative course that will cover the basic needs of anyone interested in creating and sharing original content.

The journalistic skills you will develop include:

  • identifying newsworthy subject matter,
  • investigating different angles through which to approach a story,
  • identifying potential sources and interviewees,
  • interviewing skills,
  • how to best present this content in a tailored way for different audiences, using a variety of potential platforms.

The journalism short course will cover the basic legal and ethical issues to consider when publishing or broadcasting your own content.

Topics and subject matter are open to whatever suits your own needs and interests (e.g. business news, social issues, food and lifestyle, crime, health, community news etc.), with plenty of opportunity to experiment with ideas.

This journalism short course is ideal for those who are new to journalism and want to develop their understanding and confidence with a variety of key media skills.

It is not designed as a replacement for an accredited journalism degree and is not for those wishing to develop their English language skills.

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Over the course of 10 weekly evening classes on the ‘Introduction to Journalism’ short course, you will learn:

  • What makes content ‘newsworthy’ and how journalists think.
  • How to find different angles to approach a story, on a variety of subject matter.
  • Basic research, reporting, presenting and interviewing skills.
  • What legal and ethical issues might arise and how to handle them.
  • How to tailor your content to different platforms and different audiences for maximum impact.
  • How to develop your own content plans, from initial ideas through to a proper media pitch.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Prerequisite knowledge

Student should have a strong interest and enthusiasm for journalism, media and current affairs

English requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

Teaching & assessment

Teaching & assessment

There is no formal assessment for the journalism course but students are expected to contribute to class discussions, complete any homework assignments and be open to giving and receiving feedback on their work in progress.

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Tutor information

  • Holly Powell-Jones

    Holly Powell-Jones started in news in 2011 and has been designing and running her own media training since 2013.

    She began her career presenting and producing content for TV news show ‘London 360’ and BBC Radio London, going on to become a freelance reporter and newsreader for a variety of radio stations.

    She is a guest lecturer on a number of PR, Journalism and Media courses and is also completing a PhD in social media law and ethics at City, University of London.

    @Holly_PJ
    @OnlineMediaLaw

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