Practical Journalism 1

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Practical Journalism 1

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    Writing is a key communication tool of journalism. This module introduces students to
    the language, practical conventions, contexts and functions of written journalism in the
    multimedia environment. Through studying and critically analysing the structure, style
    and content of articles published on websites, in newspapers and magazines students
    will begin to develop an understanding of how copy is gathered, put together and
    directed at specific readerships.

    Topics covered include:
    ? What makes a story a story? Understanding and applying news values
    ? How to structure, plan, organise and select material
    ? What are direct quotes used for and how are they obtained? Why are the
    conventions of interviewing important in journalism?
    ? Who will read your journalism? How is a story communicated clearly and
    efficiently to the reader?
    ? How can a feature be defined? Is a feature the same as or different from news?

    In what ways? What are the various feature genres? How are features
    ? What's the difference between a topic and an angle? What makes a good feature
    idea and where will it come from?
    ? Why does a journalist have to do research? What are sources? Where's the best
    place to go for information? What are the most effective techniques?
    ? Asking the right questions, note-taking, identifying quotes, finding information
    ? Writing well: how does writing succeed? Using correct English, grammar, spelling
    and punctuation and writing to a specified house style.
    ? Using relevant technologies and formats to produce journalistic pieces
    ? The importance of accuracy and attention to detail in producing journalism.
    ? Analysing examples from current news reports and feature articles.

    Weekly lectures and related lab-based workshops

    Autumn Semester:
    ? Feature ideas and where they come from
    ? Feature research and sources
    ? Feature presentations
    ? Interviewing
    ? How to structure, plan, organise and select material.
    ? The intro ? your most important 25 words
    ? Finding a story and what makes a story
    ? Newsbreaks; quoting ? how to report what people say; house style.
    ? Writing for the web ? the CMS
    ? Headlines links
    ? Language ? choosing the right word in the right context
    ? Numbers ? reporting figures and finance
    ? The news pyramid ? developing your story
    ? Press conferences
    ? Research

    Spring Semester:
    ? Legal dangers and ethical dilemmas
    ? Grammar, punctuation and syntax in news writing
    ? Sub-editing
    ? Local, national and international government
    ? Reporting sport
    ? Reporting arts and entertainment
    ? Magazine news
    ? Digital packaging and social media
    ? Work placement introduction

    ? Portfolio of news stories, features, timed tests and quizzes: 2000 words
    equivalent (70%)
    ? Group production of a publication: 1000 words equivalent (30%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: Alternative assessment
    STUDY OPTION 3: Alternative assessment

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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