Course Syllabus: Journalism 101
with CEU Certificate*
This online course offers the student an introduction to the profession of journalism as a whole. It begins with a brief overview of journalism, acquainting students with the foundation of writing for the news industry. There is a lesson on the history of journalism that takes the students back to the first news ever collected and made public. The development of the newspaper, particularly as it relates to the colonies and the United States after the Revolutionary War is explained. What follows next is fundamental newsgathering and writing skills needed to become competent practicing journalists working in print journalism, with some focus on other media writing as well. The student is given the opportunity to review their grammar and punctuation skills, and asked to think about the ethics and legalities of the profession of journalism. All aspects of journalism will be discussed and examples are provided to help the student understand such concepts as notetaking, and using the tools of the trade such as the inverted pyramid. Students will learn what is newsworthy and what is not is included along with ideas for ferreting out news stories. One of the final lessons focuses on the special skill of in depth and investigative writing with examples of proper subject matter for this writing format. The student is then reminded of the obligations of the journalist to their craft and the public, and the types of stories they should pursue.
This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.
- Introduction to Journalism
- Journalism and ethics
- Journalism and the law
- What is news? What is not?
- Ferreting out newsworthy stories in the real world
- Research skills and fact checking
- Basic skills of reporting – listening and observing
- Basic skills of reporting – interviewing and note-taking
- Grammar and Style Rules of News Writing
- Structuring & Crafting the News Story – Part I
- Structuring & Crafting the News Story – Part II
- Expository Writing
- Writing for Broadcast News
- Writing for Online Resources
- Writing about Specific Issues of Import
All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.
Several lessons will be accompanied by a written assignment and a brief quiz . Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.
|Lesson 1 Assignment||25|
|Why is Journalistic Writing Different - Lesson 2 Assignment||20|
|My Ethical Stance in Journalism - Lesson 3 Assignment||20|
|Journalism and the Law - Lesson 4 Assignment||20|
|A Newsworth Story - Lesson 5 Assignment||50|
|A Personal Story - Lesson 6 Assignment||50|
|Lesson 7 Assignment||15|
|Lesson 8 Assignment||15|
|Preparing for Your First Interview - Lesson 9 Assignment||20|
|Lesson 11 Assignment||20|
|Crafting a News Story - Lesson 12 Assignment||35|
|Expository Writing - Lesson 13 Assignment||50|
|Broadcast News Writing - Lesson 14 Assignment||50|
|The Final Exam||35|
- A Brief History of Journalism: How We Arrived to Where We Are
- Journalism News Writing Skills: Grammar and Style Rules
- Locating Newsworthy Stories in the Real World
- Journalism Skills – Listening and Observing
- Vital Fact Checking and Research Skills in Journalism
- Understanding the Different Types of Case Studies
- Marketing Help: Understanding The Marketing Environment
- The Major Differences Between Writing a Short Story and Writing a Novel (Besides Length)
- How to Develop Believable Characters in a Screenplay
- Writing Travel Article
- Writing Essays with Creativity
- How to Edit Your Paranormal Romance Story
- What is Denotation and Connotation in Poetry?
- What Makes Good Business Writing?
- Harnessing Creativity in a Novel