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Course Outlines for Diploma

Broadcast Journalism Main Topics of Study PART A PART C – Television News Gathering Television News ·         What is news? ·         Getting the news ·         News sources ·         Studio roles ·         Getting the story ·         Fieldwork Writing for Broadcast ·         Chasing the story ·         Conversational writing ·         Chasing pictures ·         News writing ·         Piece to camera ·         Broadcast style book ·         Compiling the report Interviewing ·         Fieldwork ·         The interview TV Scriptwriting ·         Setting up the interview ·         Writing the script The News Programme Compiling the Report ·         Presenting the news ·         Editing the image ·         Duties and dilemmas ·         Visuals PART B – Radio News Studio BBC World Service ·         The set Radio News Coverage ·         Control room ·         Story treatment ·         Fieldwork Equipment News Media ·         Principles of recording ·         Satellite TV ·         Using sound recorders ·         Cable TV ·         Editing ·         Digital TV ·         Future of radio ·         Teletext ·         Internet journalism ·         Computerised ·         Newsroom Media Law & Ethics Main Topics of Study The Legal System Criminal Libel ·         Sources of law ·         Distinction between civil and criminal libel ·         The legal profession ·         Criminal libel in newspapers ·         Court system ·         Defending criminal libel actions Court Restrictions ·         Penalties ·         Open court rule ·         Blasphemous libel and seditious libel ·         Reporting restrictions in court Copyright ·         Industrial tribunals ·         Copyright works ·         Access to information ·         Who owns copyright ·         Gaining access ·         Infringement ·         Challenging court decisions on access ·         Duration Breach of Confidence ·         Remedies ·         Obligation of confidence Journalist Sources ·         What is confidential? ·         Legal implications and restraints ·         Defences Obscenity, Indecent Displays and Racial Hatred Contempt of Court ·         Definition of obscenity ·         Strict liability rule ·         Deprave and corrupt ·         Defences ·         Search, seizure and forfeiture ·         Injunctions ·         Public good defence Libel ·         Indecent displays ·         Principle of libel ·         Incitement of racial hatred ·         Libel and slander Elections and Parliament ·         Libel and malicious falsehood ·         Broadcasting controls ·         Defamation ·         Statements about candidates ·         Plantiff’s case ·         Parliamentary privilege and contempt ·         Defences against libel claims ·         Freedom of speech ·         Procedure, injunctions and damages Professional Regulatory Bodies ·         Regulatory systems and roles Right to Privacy ·         Basic propositions Sub-editing Main Topics of Study Quark Language ·         What is Quark? ·         Sentence ·         Technology and the sub ·         Paragraphs Editorial Production ·         Punctuation ·         Creating news ·         Right word ·         Newsroom ·         Cliches ·         Copytaster ·         Vogue words ·         Measuring the news ·         Misused words ·         News patterns ·         House style ·         Production ·         Journalese ·         Production start up Writing Headlines Design and Typography ·         Words ·         Format ·         Symbols ·         Balance of contents ·         Accuracy ·         Roles ·         Headline punctuation ·         Designing the pages ·         Abbreviations ·         Typography ·         Content ·         Using type Headline Typography ·         Design workshop ·         Shape Pictures ·         Arrangement ·         Role of pictures ·         Type style ·         Sources ·         Character counts ·         Photo briefing ·         Spacing ·         Choosing pictures ·         Creativity ·         Editing pictures ·         Alternative words ·         Design ·         Caption writing Text ·         Contents bills ·         Editing Rewriting ·         Checking sources ·         When to rewrite ·         Making it fit ·         Revising and editionising ·         Editing the page ·         Order and shape ·         Introduction ·         Delayed drop ·         Story sequence ·         Quotes ·         Geography ·         Time Newspaper Reporting Main Topics of Study What is Journalism News Writing ·         What makes a good journalist? ·         The right angle ·         The skills of a good journalist ·         Style ·         Role in journalism ·         Opening sentence ·         Categories of written publication ·         Grabbing the reader What is News ·         Order of facts ·         News ideas ·         Quotes ·         Assessing news value ·         Presentation ·         Good news and bad ·         Helping the reader Gathering News ·         Complaints ·         News room ·         Summarising ·         Contacts and news leads ·         Writing for the national, local and other news markets ·         Investigative reporting Newspaper Language ·         Developing story ideas ·         Newspaper English ·         Chasing facts ·         Journalese ·         Making inquiries ·         Sequence and structure ·         Taking notes ·         Storytelling techniques ·         Dealing with people ·         Bad habits ·         Being fair and thorough ·         Style ·         Pictures ·         Punctuation ·         Sources of background information ·         Quotes Interviewing ·         Grammar ·         Preparation News Reporting ·         Establishing confidence ·         Courts ·         Coaxing answers ·         Government ·         Checking back ·         Politics ·         Telephone interviews ·         Business and industry ·         Controversial interviews ·         Religion ·         Failed interviews ·         Sport ·         Vetting copy Specialist Writing Local Reporting ·         Feature writing ·         The district reporter ·         Arts reviews ·         Developing contacts Newspaper Structure ·         Local organisations ·         Roles ·         People in the know ·         Copy input ·         The local angle ·         Page production ·         Diary jobs ·         Press and post press Ethics ·         Press complaints ·         Accountability ·         Informants ·         People in the news Freelance & Feature Writing  Main Topics of Study Feature Articles Features Department ·         What are feature articles? ·         Set-up ·         Checklist for success ·         Departmental output Dealing with Editors ·         Backgrounders and situationers ·         Stages in article writing ·         Follow ups and spin offs ·         From idea to market ·         Interpretations ·         Studying markets ·         Leaders and opinion pieces ·         Commissioning policies ·         Investigations ·         Approaching editors ·         Show business and ghosting ·         Organising the assignment ·         Serialisations ·         Research methods ·         Women and family matters Writing Process ·         Reader involvement ·         Outlines Expanding Your Market ·         Writing up methods ·         Fillers ·         Presentation ·         Writing for business organisations ·         Dealing with rejection ·         Overseas markets Identifying Ideas ·         Syndication ·         What makes a good idea Openings in Advertising and Publicity ·         Finding the angle ·         Scope for journalists Article Type and Markets ·         Advertising copywriting ·         Types in demand ·         Direct mail ·         Finding a theme ·         Press release ·         Linking an idea to the market ·         Feature articles and advertorials ·         National and local newspaper markets Writing as a Specialist ·         Magazines ·         Marketing strategy Getting Organised ·         Content ·         Working routine ·         Right language ·         Organising the information ·         Shape ·         Organising for business ·         Research and fact checking Planning Your Assignment World of Publishing ·         The argument ·         Newspapers ·         Outline ·         Magazines ·         Analysis ·         Planning ahead ·         Title ·         Deadlines ·         Introduction ·         Editing and presentation ·         Ending Writing into the Future ·         Body ·         New technology ·         Anecdotes and quotes ·         Language of compression Research Features Department ·         News value ·         Set-up ·         Developing contacts ·         Departmental output ·         Interview sources ·         Backgrounders and situationers Illustrations ·         Follow ups and spin offs ·         Subjects ·         Interpretations ·         Which markets ·         Leaders and opinion pieces ·         Working with a photographer ·         Investigations ·         Taking your own pictures ·         Show business and ghosting ·         Picture research ·         Serialisations ·         Graphics ·         Women and family matters ·         Captions ·         Reader involvement ·         Preparation and submission Expanding Your Market Developing Writing Techniques ·         Fillers ·         Good writing skills ·         Writing for business organisations ·         Making words work ·         Overseas markets ·         Sentences and paragraphs ·         Syndication ·         Description and narration Openings in Advertising and Publicity ·         Argument ·         Scope for journalists ·         House style ·         Advertising copywriting ·         Developing your style ·         Direct mail Profile and Interview Features ·         Press release ·         Choosing interviewees ·         Feature articles and advertorials ·         Background Writing as a Specialist ·         Preparing questions ·         Marketing strategy ·         Debating style ·         Content ·         Making notes ·         Right language ·         Editing the transcript ·         Shape ·         Writing up ·         Research and fact checking ·         Aim of profiles World of Publishing Writing a Column ·         Newspapers ·         Becoming a columnist ·         Magazines ·         Content and topicality ·         Planning ahead ·         Styles ·         Deadlines ·         Specialist columns ·         Editing and presentation Reviewing Writing into the Future ·         Role of the reviewer ·         New technology ·         Types of reviewing ·         Language of compression

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