This course is your guide to becoming a journalist in today's fast-paced digital media landscape. The course covers the foundations of journalism and what it takes to become a good storyteller. It will enable you with what is needed to become a journalist or reporter irrespective of your background. Quality journalism is about patience, practice and a thorough understanding of storytelling.
What You Will Learn
Journalism and Communication
Reporting and Editing
Writing for different media
Media Laws, Ethics and Research
Watch our "5 min Quick Introduction"
- What is communication?
- Types of communication: inter-personal, intra-personal, group, and mass.
- Theories of communication: models of communication, channels of communication, significance of an audience, effective communication.
- What is the importance of communication?
- Communication and change/society
- Brief history of journalism in the world & India
- British and American journalism
- Advent of printing
- Growth of press in India- English and Indian languages
- British censorship of press in India (pre-independence)
- Press in freedom struggle
- Press during the Emergency
- Types of news
- Sources of news
- Crediting and protecting sources
- Who is a reporter?
- Qualities of a good reporter
- Inverted triangle form of writing
- News leads
- Newspaper beats- crime, human interest, politics, society, sports
- Interviewing techniques
- Editing and the Editorial desk
- Layout and anatomy of a newspaper
- Principles of writing- structure, grammar, punctuation, contextual/connotative meaning
- Types of publications- magazines, newspapers, journals
- Newspapers: Editorials, features, news stories
- Magazines: cover story, interviews, opinion pieces
- Writing in depth: Investigative and research stories
- Writing for online media: blogs, e-portals, websites
- Photo novels
- Shrinking attention spans of internet users
- Writing for print vs writing online
- Need for laws
- Press laws in India and the world
- Press freedoms as guaranteed by the constitution
- Dangers of Defamation (criminal/civil)
- Media Ethics, Press Council of India
- Case studies
- Media issues: state owned media vs private media, political pressure, press credibility
- Researching for media: methods, collection of data, interpreting data