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Course Description

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.
  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the history of journalism.
  • Define what journalism means.
  • Describe journalism and ethics.
  • Describe journalism and the law.
  • Determine what is news what is not news.
  • Describe methods for ferreting out newsworthy stories in the real world.
  • Determine research skills and fact checking.
  • Describe basic skills of reporting - listening and observing.
  • Describe basic skills of reporting - interviewing and note taking.
  • Describe grammar and style rules of news writing.
  • Demonstrate structuring and crafting the news story.
  • Demonstrate expository writing.
  • Describe writing for broadcast news and online resources.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 1 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Exam 1 9 points
Why is Journalistic Writing Different - Lesson 2 Assignment 20 points
Exam 2 10 points
My Ethical Stance in Journalism - Lesson 3 Assignment 20 points
Exam 3 10 points
Journalism and the Law - Lesson 4 Assignment 20 points
Exam 4 10 points
A Newsworth Story - Lesson 5 Assignment 50 points
Exam 5 10 points
A Personal Story - Lesson 6 Assignment 50 points
Exam 6 10 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 15 points
Exam 7 9 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 15 points
Exam 8 10 points
MidTerm 39 points
Preparing for Your First Interview - Lesson 9 Assignment 20 points
Exam 9 10 points
Exam 10 10 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 20 points
Exam 11 10 points
Crafting a News Story - Lesson 12 Assignment 35 points
Exam 12 10 points
Expository Writing - Lesson 13 Assignment 50 points
Exam 13 10 points
Broadcast News Writing - Lesson 14 Assignment 50 points
Exam 14 10 points
Exam 15 10 points
The Final Exam 35 points
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