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.
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.
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.