Journalism in Practice

Ref: C2422263

Participants in this online course will be expected to complete a news article, blog and/or feature for a publication which they have identified themselves, for example, in their local or regional community. These Zoom sessions build on the WEA’s online Introduction to Journalism course. It is also for people in a non-professional setting who have a general interest in journalism. It is a practical application of journalism’s key skills, such as gathering information; how to tell a news story; some legal and ethical considerations for journalists; and how to use the English language for journalistic effect.

Course aim

This course will help you to write clear, interesting and balanced reports in news, blog or feature formats. It will also help you to develop the skills to identify and obtain relevant and newsworthy items from written or verbal sources.

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 suitable for beginners and improvers
  • 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 story leads and gather appropriate information.
  • Write a news story, blog and/or feature targeted at a publication/audience identified by the participant.
  • Explain how your news story, blog and/or feature meets ethical and legal standards.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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; You will be asked to write a news story, blog and/or feature article in your own time to support your learning.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • Feedback from your tutor will be given for your final draft at the end of the course.

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
  • Notebook, pen and paper or other way of building up a personal glossary and taking notes. If you have both a laptop/PC and a tablet, it’s useful to use the tablet to access Canvas simultaneously during the Zoom sessions.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Please complete the Learning Outcomes and other Canvas activities in "Complete These Before Your Course" and introduce yourself in the "Information about this course" module

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Journalism in Practice

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 enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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