Understanding Journalism

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Understanding Journalism will give you an appreciation of what makes a good reporter, what sub-editing is, and how broadcast journalism works. It will enable you to decide whether you wish to take on further study, to be a journalist, or to work within the field.

The course is as much practical as theoretical, and you will have an opportunity to carry out practical assignments to reinforce what you have learned through the course.

Understanding Journalism demystifies the potentially glamorous field of journalism by showing how it works; and what is involved in becoming a journalist. The course also introduces broadcast and Internet journalism, and how these fields differ from the more traditional print.

 Suggestions for further study are explored, and also how you would set about becoming a journalist.

 Through basic grounding, you will also strengthen your writing skills.


 So you want to be a Journalist, Yes?

  • What is it like to be a Reporter?
  • Writing News and Features.
  • The Sub-Editor’s role.
  • The Law and the Media.
  • Broadcast Journalism – a brief coverage.
  • Media Studies and its relationship to Journalism.
  • Markets in Journalism.
  • Where to go for Training.
  • How to sell a Feature story.

Who should take this course?

Anyone with an interest in journalism, who wishes to test their potential for journalism as a field for further study or as a career. It’s also ideal for writers looking to expand their range.

 If you find this course gives you a taste of journalism education you could enrol at College, other distance learning courses, or go for an NCTJ (National Certificate in Training for Journalists).

 Or how about submitting that item to a newspaper or magazine?


You will need

No extra resources or materials are required – everything is included.


Entry Requirements

A good grasp of English is essential.


How long is this course?

About 35 hours, and we suggest you set aside about 4 hours a week – but it’s up to you. You will have tutor support for 4 months. You will have access to your course for a year.