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Diploma in Journalism
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Diploma in Journalism describes the principles, practices and methods involved in all aspects of the journalistic process. The course begins by introducing you to the key elements of the journalistic process such as identifying what is and what is not newsworthy, how to identify stories which are new, unusual or significant, and how to distinguish between a big news story and a small one. You will learn about organizing and writing the feature story itself: you will learn how to define a feature story, what the basic approaches to writing the feature story are and what different types of feature stories there are. The approaches involved in getting the required information for a feature story and putting it into an easily understood form is also explained. You will also learn about the different roles and responsibilities in a newsroom and how to use story weighting to assess a story's value and newsworthiness. You will learn how journalists must live up to the highest standards of integrity such as truth, fairness and sincerity, and you will learn why journalists must avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

    The course continues by reviewing the online risks and threats affecting the modern journalist, and how journalists need to be more aware of digital safety. Next the main factors in relation to reporting methods are explained as well as how journalists need to become as efficient as possible, embrace technology and use the power of the online community to help with their reporting. Different tools such as crowdsourcing, distributed and open source reporting and the use of social media in journalism are reviewed. You will also learn about the ever-growing set of tools, techniques, and approaches to storytelling known as data journalism, such as data visualization and news applications and the laws, statutes, and codes that spell out in detail the conduct required of news organizations.

    Finally, you will learn about the different newspaper and magazine types, their history and how advertising and mass circulation have had an effect on the spread of national and international media. You will also learn about editorial manipulation and its impact on society, such as the relationship between the media and politics as well as the use of political information. The free Diploma in Journalism course will be of great interest to media professionals who work in the areas of communications and reportage, and who would like to learn the key practices and procedures in journalism. It will also be of great interest to any learner who would like a career in journalism and who would like to learn more about the skills required for working as a journalist.

  • Having completed this Diploma course you will be able to:
    - Describe the different types of journalist;
    - Define the main criteria for a news story;
    - Describe the different types of feature stories;
    - Develop fact checking methodologies;
    - Explain how to maintain balance in the use of opinions and facts;
    - Explain how to assess a story's value using story weighting;
    - Describe the different workflow's, roles and responsibilities in a newsroom;
    - Explain the digital challenges facing journalists;
    - Describe digital security principles;
    - Define the different types of reporting models;
    - Explain the use and format of a blog;
    - Identify the elements of online writing structure;
    - Explain script writing techniques;
    - Explain vision, value and ethics statements in media organizations;
    - List the elements of SMART objectives;
    - Explain the use of data in journalism;
    - List the four main obstacles to the use of data in journalism;
    - Explain how to access and request data;
    - Explain the responsibilities of a free press in a free society;
    - Define the right of access to government proceedings;
    - Describe what rights are essential in order for journalists to do their jobs;
    - Explain the ethics of journalism;
    - Explain how journalism enhances civil society;
    - List the nine types of FOI exemptions;
    - Explain how to produce investigative journalism to international standards;
    - Describe the development and evolution of print media;
    - Define what is meant by an editorial slant;
    - Describe the function of newsroom editing;
    - List the different types of editor;
    - Define the role of a sub-editor.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma or Certificate.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to celebrate and share your success. It is:

    • Ideal to include with CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • A way to show your ability to learn and achieve high results

Modules List( 15 )
  • Module
    Elements of Journalism
    • This module first introduces the elements of journalism such as identifying what is news, explaining how to focus on stories which are new, unusual or significant. You will also learn about the many areas of life in which journalists work, finding and presenting information as news. The module also explains how to develop effective strategies for note taking. Information is also provided on the steps involved in performing an interview, the different types of questions which should be asked as well as the role of the journalist in the process.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction to News
    • Interview Skills
    • Interview Stages
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Feature Writing and Editorials
    • In this module you will learn about organizing and writing the feature story, such as the definition of a feature story, the basic approaches to writing the story and the different types of features. The basic processes and approaches involved in writing and planning an editorial are also explained. You will also learn about identifying and recognizing key points in a news story and the three types of conclusions most commonly used in editorial writing.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Organizing the Feature Story
    • Writing the Story
    • Editorial Construction
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Ethics and Media Management
    • Module 3 covers the methods used to address ethical issues that might arise during the course of activities with people, businesses and institutions. You will also learn about the different roles and responsibilities in a newsroom and how to use story weighting to assess a stories value and newsworthiness. Journalistic integrity, such as: truth, fairness, sincerity, and avoiding the appearance of a conflict of interest, are also covered.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Ethical Issues
    • Editorial Ethics
    • Media Management
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Digital Safety and Practices
    • This module first introduces the elements of digital safety in journalism such as identifying the different types of attacks, resources available and online security principles. You will also learn about the main types of software and hardware surveillance technologies, and how these affect journalists. The module also attempts to define who is a journalist, from professionals to citizen journalists and explains how online developments have helped the ordinary individual to record, disseminate and share news.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Digital Safety
    • Digital Threat Landscape
    • Digital Practices
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Digital Media and Methodology
    • You will learn about how social media, software developments and online communities have challenged and changed the traditional, mainstream media. Also how technological advances, have led to changing audience behaviour, resulting in altered attitudes to consuming and sharing news. The basic goals in blogging are also explained such as; to write tight and be quick, to get to the point immediately and to be conversational in tone. The basic processes and approaches involved in understanding the different types of digital file formats are also covered. You will also learn about the use of graphics and how they should enhance the reader/viewer’s understanding of the story.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • New Reporting Methods
    • Blogs, Audio and Podcasting
    • Managing Photos and Video
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Digital Resources and Production
    • Module 6 covers digital tools and resources such as how to take full advantage of online mediums to allow the reader to become a participant. The essential elements for ensuring a general TV, radio or online news package works are explained, such as, structure, timing, and letting the interview breathe. You will also learn about digital media strategy, such as knowing your audience, understanding the issues and being aware of what they think in order to tailor your content. Also, how focus groups help journalists deliver accurate, fair, objective and impartial journalism. Finally media management is explained, how the audience, empowered with the tools to choose, create, enrich and share, is the new online superuser.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Digital Tools and Resources
    • Digital Media Strategy
    • Script Writing and Media Production
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Diploma in Journalism Studies - First Assessment
  • Module
    Introduction to Data Journalism
    • This module first introduces the elements and methods of data journalism and how it opens new possibilities and abilities to tell a story. You will also learn about the different types of software used to gather data as well as the code and tags used in html language for websites. The module also describes the three key concepts you need to understand when starting a data project and how errors can skew a data journalist's attempts to discover the patterns in the database.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What is Data Journalism?
    • Gathering the Data
    • Understanding and Delivering Data
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Journalism and the Free Press
  • Module
    New Media and Journalism
  • Module
    Newspaper Journalism
    • This module first introduces the history and development of print media with a focus on newspapers and their impact as mass media. You will also learn about the different factors which are affecting newspapers, from newspaper ownership chains to Joint Operating Agreements (JOAs) and also how a decline in readership can be traced to competition with blogs and online newspapers. The module also describes different journalism styles such as objective journalism, interpretive journalism, literary journalism and how they influence reporting styles.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Newspaper Journalism
    • Factors Affecting Newspapers
    • Types of Newspaper Journalism
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module
    Magazine Journalism
  • Module
    Editing and Producing
  • Module
    Diploma in Journalism Studies - Second Assessment
  • Module
    Diploma in Journalism Studies - Final Assessment

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