What is Journalism?
What makes a good journalist?; the skills of a good journalist; roles in journalism
News room; contacts & news leads; investigative reporting; developing story ideas
Preparation; establishing confidence; coaxing answers; controversial interviews; vetting copy
Newspaper english; journalese; sequence & structure; storytelling techniques; bad habits; style; punctuation; quotes; grammar
Politics; crime; business; industrial disputes; demonstrations; press conferences; speeches; sport
Ccode of practice; press complaints; accountability; informants.
What is news; news sources; getting the story
Writing for Broadcast
Conversational Writing; News writing; Broadcast Style Book
The Interview; Setting up the Interview; Vox Pops
Broadcast News Programmes
Presenting the News; Duties & Dilemmas; Discussion and Magazine Programmes
Development of Public Service Broadcasting: RTÉ and BBC Radio News Coverage; equipment; principles of recording; using sound recorders; editing
Television news; studio roles; fieldwork; chasing pictures; piece to camera; compiling the report
The set; control room; cameras; lights; sound; fieldwork
Compiling the Report
Editing the image; visuals.
Students are provided with a firm grounding in sub-editing, primarily dealing with the physical handling, editing, cutting and re-writing of copy, along with proof-reading copy, writing headlines, standfirsts and captions. The module also equips students with the skills to handle a running story, using style guides, and avoiding clichés. Writing techniques, industrial, legal and ethical issues, examining newspaper design as well as a basic introduction to desktop publishing are also covered in this module.
Freelance & Feature Writing
This module is designed to equip students with the fundamental skills of feature writing, exploring the disciplines many guises, including reviews, opinion pieces, colour pieces, columns and analysis across a range of topics. The module equips students with research techniques and interview skills for writing feature articles. During this course, students are also introduced to freelance journalism, the advantages/potential pitfalls of being a non-staff reporter, how to make a ‘pitch’ to commissioning editors, building your contacts list, finding an original angle etc. This module will also examine the media landscape in Ireland and writing for specialist publications.
Media Law & Ethics
Working within the media industry in Ireland today requires knowledge of the legal issues associated with libel and all its many forms. This module addresses areas such as copyright, criminal libel and racial hatred.