Certificate in News Writing for Print (Journalism) Course

Category Journalism & Literature
Type Distance Learning
Description This is a comprehensive journalism course which provides students with all the skills and techniques required to source and write news stories for print. It covers various aspects, for example: how and where to source news stories, how to writer and make an impact, how to utilise different styles to meet the requirements of the paper you are writing for, how to execute court, financial and incident reporting.
Students receive a course manual, assignments, an efficient studyguide, plus unlimited one-to-one tutor support for the duration of the course.
Course documentation for this, FETAC accredited, journalism course is detailed, comprehensive and easy to read. This distance learning, FETAC accredited course means that students can study flexibly at home, or at work, while gaining a nationally accredited Qualification.

Topics covered include:
• Getting Started
• Understanding Your Audience
• How Papers and Magazines Work
• What is News?
• Principles of Good News Writing
• News Sources
• Interview Techniques
• Ethics
• The Title
• The Lead
• The 'Nut Graph'
• The Body
• Ending
• Writing Style
• Good English
• Word Usage
• Editing your Text
• Adapting Style
• Writing Incident Reports
• Incident Reporting Guidelines
• Incident Interviews
• The Irish Court System
• Restrictions on Reporting
• Ethical Issues
• Writing Court Reports
• Writing Business News
• The Language of Business
• Business Statistics
• Ethical Issues.

Who should complete this course?
• People who wish to pursue a career as a Journalist or News Reporter.
• Existing news reporters who wish to gain an accredited qualification.
• People who wish to write for newspapers, journals and periodicals.
• Anyone considering professional writing - including books, magazine features and short stories and wish to learn news reporting techniques.

• This course is assessed through a collection of work. This will require students to write a tabloid news story, a broadsheet news story, a court report, an incident report and a financial report.
• All research and written work should be original and submitted.
• As part of our quality assurance, student assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, validated by a Verifier with an independent FETAC External Authenticator to complete the process.
Location *Nationwide*
Company The Open College
Course Fee Special Offer price now only - €299
Course Duration 6 Months
Course Times There are no lectures to attend, and all course materials are provided. Students are given ample time (6 months) to complete a course and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient for them.
Qualification Earned FETAC Level 6 component Certificate in News Writing for Print
Entry Requirements Preferred entry level
• Students must be fluent in English.
• As this programme is delivered through distance learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

Progression to further Studies
• This course leads to a level 6 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
• Students who successfully complete this programme may use this Level 6 credit towards the FETAC Advanced Certificate in Media Production programme (Ref. EMPRO).

Programme Entry Requirements
• If you take this course by distance learning the course material will be posted to you. You can complete and return assignments/projects which must be typed rather than handwritten either by post or by email.
• If you take this course by eLearning you will need basic IT skills and have access to broadband.
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