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Diploma in Journalism - Revised 2018

Media and Journalism
Free Course
In this course you will develop a solid understanding of the factors involved in working as a professional journalist, both on and off-line.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive





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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.

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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 enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire official Certification, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Certification is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive to you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

Alison offers 3 types of Certification for completed Diploma courses:

Digital Diploma - a downloadable Diploma in PDF format, immediately available to you when you complete your purchase
Diploma - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Diploma that is posted to you (with FREE standard shipping worldwide)
Framed Diploma - a physical version of your officially branded and security-marked Diploma in a stylish frame that is posted to you (with FREE standard shipping worldwide)

All Certification is available to purchase through the Alison Shop. For more information on purchasing Alison Certification, please visit our faqs. If you decide not to purchase your Alison Certification, you can still demonstrate your achievement by sharing your Learner Record or Learner Achievement Verification, both of which are accessible from your Dashboard. For more details on our Certification pricing, please visit our Pricing Page.


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