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Journalism in the Digital Age
  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Journalism in the Digital Age provides information on the varying web tools and practices used by journalists online, from the use of social media to online safety to ethical issues faced by professional and citizen journalists.

    The course begins by introducing the online risks and threats affecting modern journalism. You will learn about the digital dimensions of journalistic safety such as awareness raising, digital security, safety assistance and research. You will also learn about online security and how software viruses have the capacity to collect, analyze and store digital communications. You will learn how journalists and others who contribute to journalism are now experiencing threats on multiple platforms such as online abuse, cyberstalking and harassment, and how relatively easy it is for an attacker to collect details about a person online.

    Next, you will learn about new reporting methods and how journalists need to become as efficient as possible by embracing technology and using the power of the online community to help with their reporting. Different tools such crowdsourcing, distributed and open source reporting, and the use of social media are explained. You will also learn about the basic processes and approaches involved in online blogging and how to cultivate a community with readers to test ideas, receive feedback and publish in the timeliest manner possible. The use of good graphics, photos and video and how they add visual appeal, attract readers attention, and make stories more understandable, as well as the tools involved, are also explained.

    Finally, you are introduced to the essential elements of a news package and how to set a news agenda online. You will learn about utilizing online research methods and strategies such as taking user surveys and using focus groups to provide information. You will also learn about broadcast and script writing techniques, and how these create the framework for your words, sound and video to tell the story.

    This course will be of great interest to journalists and students who want to improve their understanding of the use of the web and online digital tools for journalism, as well as emerging online safety issues and digital developments.

  • After completing this course you will be able to:
    - Explain the digital challenges facing journalists;
    - Define the classification of a journalist;
    - Explain the different types of online attacks;
    - List the main types of surveillance technologies;
    - Explain digital security principles;
    - Explain methods to for journalists to become more efficient;
    - Define the different types of reporting models;
    - Explain the use and format of a blog;
    - Identify the main techniques involved in blogging;
    - Use different types of graphics effectively;
    - Explain the essential elements of a news package;
    - Identify the elements of online writing structure;
    - Define what is meant by fair use and plagiarism;
    - Explain script writing techniques;
    - Explain vision, value and ethics statements in media organizations;
    - List the elements of SMART objectives.

  • 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 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( 4 )
  • 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 3 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
    Journalism in the Digital Age Assessment

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