Journalism For Beginners

Ref: C2421513

This course is currently full.
Join the waiting list to be notified if any places become available.

This course is fully online with no physical meeting space. You will be accessing the course through Canvas which is our virtual learning environment and through zoom which is video conferencing software. For the course you will need a reliable internet connection, access to a computer or other internet linked device that has a camera and microphone. To do this we will be emailing you links to canvas and to zoom, you will need to accept these to be able to access the course, the sender will show as “instructor”, if you do not accept these links you will not be able to access the course content. It is a good idea to do this with time before the course so if you are having issues you can contact us to make us aware.

Course aim

To introduce you to the skills needed to be a journalist and to ways of writing about your local or regional community.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for beginners
  • It will be easier for you to use both Zoom (a live video learning platform) and Canvas (where materials, quizzes and resources can be accessed) together during sessions if you have access to a laptop, PC or tablet. You will need to be able to take notes, watch videos and download documents.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify and start to practise some key journalistic skills (such as gathering information; how to tell a news story; considering legal and ethical considerations for journalists; and how to use the English language for journalistic effect).
  • Identify your existing skills and consider how to build on them.
  • Start to plan for future skills development.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Activities may include tutor presentation, small group work, online discussions, quizzes, short tasks, reading;

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need an internet connection, speakers, a PC, laptop or tablet with a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. Notebook, pen and paper or other way of building up a personal glossary and taking notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please complete the first module Welcome and getting ready for Journalism for Beginners.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Journalism For Beginners

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course is currently full.
Join the waiting list to be notified if any places become available.

Waiting List Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our student privacy notice

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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