Introduction to Journalism

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Course Date: 29 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

Learn about the key principles and debates in journalism and enact the role of a journalist in the context of an escalating story.


Estimated Workload: 4 hours pw

Course Instructors

Profile Michael Higgins (Lead Educator)

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and English at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK.

Course Description

About the course The course is aimed at those curious about journalism and looking to gain a better understanding of what the subject entails. Run by a team of internationally-renowned scholars and journalism practitioners at the University of Strathclyde, ‘Introduction to Journalism’ gives participants a behind-the-scenes look at the professional world of reporters and editors. The course contains six topics - ‘What is a Good News Story?’, ‘Writing News’, Writing Features’, ‘Opinion Writing’, ‘Politics and Journalism’ and ‘Investigative Journalism’ – and explores these in relation to a case-study running throughout the six-week duration of the course. Although the scenario is entirely fictitious, participants will engage in tasks and discussions which reflect real-life situations in journalism. Each week contains a variety of learning activities that will introduce concepts, challenge assumptions, facilitate understanding, and hone new skills. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their thoughts with peers and tutors, generate and edit small pieces of writing, and comment on others’ work. Further, several esteemed journalists from around the world will feature each week as they discuss key topics in relation to their own work. By enacting the role of a journalist in the context of an escalating story, the course adheres to Strathclyde’s ethos of ‘a place of useful learning’. This course will give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation. You can use the hashtag #FLjournalism to join and contribute to Twitter conversations about this course.

Course Workload

4 hours pw

Course Prerequisites

The course has no formal requirements – rather than prior journalistic knowledge or experience, we ask only for an inquisitive mind.

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