Basics of News Journalism
- The students will master their skills in news writing in English for different types of media (news agency, radio, TV, online platforms).
- They will also learn how to find an interesting and powerful angle for angle for the story
- Be able to produce media text suitable for various media in proper English with full understanding of the way the text is perceived in different media and platforms
- Unit 1. What should we know before we start writing newsWhat do we know about modern media consumer. How we can reach him for the story? How do we reach him when the news breaks fast? How to tell the news story?
- Unit 2. Where we get the news fromSources of information: strengths and weaknesses How to analyze the source of the information. Finding the background for the story. Getting all the basic information. Writing the background materia
- Unit 3. What is a short news item?Pros and cons of traditional news writing. What is a topline and how we can find it.
- Unit 4. Writing stories for the news agencyStructure of the story for the news agency. What to use and not to use for the news story. Writing short stories on international affairs.
- Unit 5. Headlines and leads.How to come up with good headlines and leads. Case studies of good and bad headlines. Writing good headlines for international media.
- Unit 6: Journalist at the press conference.What is a press conference and what a journalist can get from this. How to come up with the questions for the audience.
- Unit 7: Reporting the news.The role of the reporters. How to do reporting for radio, TV and the web. Live coverage and pre-recorded.
- Unit 8: Planning the news coverageHow to find a unique idea for a dull news story. What is an angle. How to plan a news for various news platforms.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.5 * Final test + 0.3 * Individual tasks + 0.2 * Work during seminars and attendance
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- Hernandez, R. K., & Rue, J. (2016). The Principles of Multimedia Journalism : Packaging Digital News. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1018396
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