Welcome to English for Journalism, a comprehensive course designed for non-native English speakers aspiring to pursue a career in modern journalism. Throughout this course, students will delve into the intricacies of print and digital media, expanding their vocabulary and enhancing their ability to research and develop impactful news stories. The course is divided into five units, each focusing on crucial aspects of journalism, from the history and principles of journalism to the language required for writing newspaper and magazine articles, and the basics of broadcasting the news. Engage with authentic readings, video lectures, and interactive activities to gain a deep understanding of the field. The course materials are available for re-use under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution license, providing a valuable resource for aspiring journalists to hone their skills in a dynamic learning environment.
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English for Journalism comprises five comprehensive units. Unit 1 introduces the history and principles of journalism, while Unit 2 focuses on researching, pitching, and interviewing. Unit 3 delves into writing for print media, followed by Unit 4, which covers broadcasting the news. Finally, Unit 5 explores journalism in the digital age.
Unit 1: Introduction and Principles of Journalism
Unit 1 provides an in-depth introduction to the history and principles of journalism, covering essential topics such as gathering sources, telling the story, and impacting people. Students will engage with authentic readings, video lectures, and interactive games to enhance their language skills and understanding of journalism principles.
Unit 2: How to Research, Pitch, and Interview
In Unit 2, students will learn valuable skills for researching, pitching, and conducting interviews. The unit encompasses topics such as choosing a topic, pitching a story, and interviewing sources, providing practical knowledge and language focus to excel in these areas of journalism.
Unit 3: Words in Print
Unit 3 focuses on writing for print media, guiding students through the process of transforming topics into articles, creating leads, using different voices, and reporting accurately. Engage with supplemental reading materials and interactive games to enhance your writing skills in journalism.
Unit 4: Broadcasting the News
Unit 4 delves into the language of broadcast journalism, types of stories for broadcasting, and the 24-hour news cycle. Students will gain insights into the unique aspects of broadcasting news, including ratings, sensationalism, and the conversational style required for effective broadcasting.
Unit 5: Journalism in the Digital Age
Unit 5 explores the origins and impact of the digital age on journalism, covering topics such as citizen journalism, the digital divide, ethical challenges, and the impact on traditional media. Engage with authentic readings and interactive activities to gain a comprehensive understanding of digital journalism.
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