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Diploma in Journalism - Revised 2018

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Diploma in Journalism - Revised 2018
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The course Diploma in Journalism teaches you about the principles, practices and methods involved in all aspects of the journalistic process.

    The course begins by teaching you what constitutes a newsworthy story. The course describes the criteria for writing editorial and feature news stories using idea generation, objectivity, angles, key points and structure. You will study the ethical responsibilities of journalists; using facts and opinions, avoiding conflicts of interest, privacy, plagiarism and fulfilling duties to the public interest. 

    Next, the course explores digital threats journalists face, including how to deal with security, privacy, leaks and surveillance. You will see how crowd-sourcing and blogs contribute to the production of cutting-edge news, and learn about structuring and laying out interactive features for online news. The course also describes how data can be used in journalism - how to obtain data and transform it into user-friendly content.

    The course then teaches you about free press and you will study arguments for and against free speech, regulation, licensing and censorship. You will examine the impact the internet and citizen journalists have had on news and public debate. 

    You will study the history of newspapers, from their beginnings in 16th century Europe to their decline in the 21st century. You will learn about the history and development of magazines - how publishers have been able to bring news, entertainment, literature and photography to different audiences and the influence of advertising. Finally, you will learn about the responsibilities and duties of editors and explore ethical issues concerning the relationship between journalists and politicians.

    The Diploma course will be of great interest to media professionals who work in the areas of communications and reportage, and 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 course you will be able to: 

    • Describe the different types of journalist.
    • Define the main criteria for a news story.
    • Describe the different workflow's, roles and responsibilities in a newsroom. 
    • Explain the digital challenges facing journalists.
    • Describe digital security principles.
    • Explain the use of data in journalism.
    • Explain the responsibilities of a free press in a free society.
    • Describe what rights are essential in order for journalists to do their jobs.
    • Explain the ethics of journalism.
    • Explain how journalism enhances civil society.
    • Explain how to produce investigative journalism to international standards.
    • Describe the development and evolution of print media.
    • List the different types of 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

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