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Introduction to Journalism Free Course

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  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Introduction to Journalism provides information on the basic principles and practices in journalism, such as how to identify a story, how to gather facts, how to perform interviews and research, and how to create news articles while maintaining the highest journalistic ethics. The course begins by introducing you to the key elements of journalism 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. Next, 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 basic processes and 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 four parts of an editorial, the different approaches to editorial titles and the three types of conclusions most commonly used in editorial writing. 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. Finally, you are introduced to the methods that address ethical issues which might arise during the course of journalistic activities with people, businesses and institutions. You will also 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. This course will be of great interest to professionals who work in the areas of communications and reportage and who want to learn how to tell stories in a way that will inform people in society. It will also be of great interest to all learners who would like to learn more about the key practices and procedures in journalism and who may want to pursue a career in journalism.

  • After completing this course you will be able to:
    - Explain the different types of journalist;
    - Define the main criteria for a news story;
    - Develop a system for fact checking and research;
    - Use note taking skills effectively;
    - Explain how to perform an interview;
    - Organize the layout of a news story or article;
    - Explain the different types of feature stories;
    - Define and construct an editorial;
    - Identify and recognize the key points of a story;
    - Use quotes and attributions correctly in a news story;
    - Develop fact checking methodologies;
    - Explain how to maintain balance in the use of opinions and facts;
    - Identify the main types of plagiarism;
    - Identify the five steps involved in proactive journalism;
    - Explain how to assess a stories value using story weighting;
    - Explain the different workflow's, roles and responsibilities in a newsroom.

  • 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, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 4 )
  • INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM
  • Module 1: Elements of Journalism
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Introduction to News
    • Interview Skills
    • Interview Stages
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Feature Writing and Editorials
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Organizing the Feature Story
    • Writing the Story
    • Editorial Construction
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: Ethics and Media Management
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Ethical Issues
    • Editorial Ethics
    • Media Management
    • Lesson Summary
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 4: Introduction to Journalism Assessment
    • Introduction to Journalism Assessment
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 1: 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.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 2: Feature Writing and Editorials
Next, 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.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 3: 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.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 4: Introduction to Journalism Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours

  • Publisher

    Advance Learning Academy

  • Video

    No

  • Audio

    No

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    50 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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