Content Writing & Reporting
This module introduces tomorrow’s journalists to the fundamentals of covering and writing news. Mastering these skills is no simple task. In an Internet age of instantaneous access, demand for high-quality accounts of fast-breaking news has never been greater. Nor has the temptation to cut corners and deliver something less. To resist this temptation, reporters must acquire skills to identify a story and its essential elements, gather information efficiently, place it in a meaningful context, and write concise and compelling accounts, sometimes at breathtaking speed. The readings, discussions, exercises and assignments of this course are designed to help students acquire such skills and understand how to exercise them wisely.
Editing & Sub-Editing
This module introduces students to the editorial production processes in print journalism and the new media sector. It develops, primarily through workshop sessions, the skills of copy-editing, proof reading and clear, concise, accurate writing involved in preparation for publication, applying these to news, features, and other newspaper, magazine and website content. It encourages a critical awareness of the need for, and develops the creative skills necessary to produce, accurate and ethical copy, combined with functional and engaging design in the context of print publications. A critical awareness of key ethical and legal issues relating to the representation and inclusion of diverse groups is integrated into every facet of the curriculum.
Digital Media Writing
This module examines the emerging practices of writing in digital environments such as social media, video games, web sites, mobile apps, and augmented reality. Students learn both theory and practice through readings, discussion, and software tutorials, as well as by producing a series of creative online projects. The course requires no prior knowledge of web design or specialized software. Students will learn the principles of digital journalism and acquire the technical skills to cover events using text, images, audio and social media. Students will also learn the nuances of writing for various contemporary media platforms, including digital print and social. It will also help instruct students how to tell textured stories - both with text and visual tools. This course aims to help students learn how to produce high-quality, quick-turnaround, short-form journalism - in short, the kinds of skills that will be required to be competitive for many entry-level journalism jobs. And the knowledge that is acquired in the course is not only applicable to journalism but also to online writing and multimedia production now commonly used in other fields.
Radio & Podcasting
This module aims to enable learners to understand the centrality of format and scripting in radio performance and podcasting. They will enhance their research expertise and ability to identify reliable sources for different genres, as well as move from conscious to critical listening. They will also develop the technical skills and sound competence to produce a radio show or podcast; create a template that integrates creativity, technical, editorial and written skills; and demonstrate an understanding of the technical expertise suitable for professional broadcast.
Visual Journalism & Content Creation
This course is a hands-on examination of the latest digital tools and techniques used by journalists as they produce stories on multiple platforms. Students will learn how to take digital photographs, how to shoot and edit high-definition videos, and how to produce audio stories and podcasts. Students will also study the legal and ethical issues surrounding the use, creation and publication of digital media. Students will learn how to produce interactive infographics, data visualisations and charts for news consumption. They will explore how to gather data through original research, data portals and freedom of information requests. They also will learn basic computational skills and analyse data for crime, politics and sports news. Students also will learn how to map data and study how data can be flawed in the pursuit of truth-telling. Software used in the class: Google Fusion Tables (maps and charts), Datawrapper, Venngage/Infogr.am, Google Trends, Timeline JS, StoryMap JS, Excel.
Journalism & Media Today - Online
Ireland’s Media aims to encourage and develop the comprehension of the media industries in Ireland. The module is an introduction to the political, economic and regulatory environments of the Irish press, broadcast and online journalism. Surveying the industry in a period of rapid economic and technological change, students will examine the main trends in journalistic media. It will also assess the challenges and future of the industry in the 21st Century.