The Certificate in Journalism course has 10 modules covering the following subjects:
Module 1: Introduction to Journalism
A look at the role and function of a journalist including the organisation, collection and processing of information, defining your audience and working to time constraints.
Module 2: Journalists and the law
The Courts structure, contempt of court, libel and defamation.
Module 3: Use of language
Grammar, punctuation, syntax, monotony, verbosity and spelling.
Module 4: News reporting
How to write a story including the Inverted Pyramid method, the 5 Ws & H, and writing with authority and balance.
Module 5: Writing for newsletters
The different kinds of newsletters, frequency of publication, and issues common to all including writing, editing, layout, design, distribution and typography.
Module 6: Feature Writing
Writing a feature (including Hook, Line and Sinker), different types of features, finding sources and handling off-the-record comments.
Module 7: How the media works
Newspaper departments including editorial, news, features, photography, production, and specialist sections. Press conferences, syndicates and newspaper libraries.
Module 8: Sourcing the News
Keeping a contacts book, finding an idea, researching a story, finding a newspaper to publish it.
Module 9: Interviewing techniques
Funnel and inverted funnel interviews, planning and structuring questions, dealing with 'no comment', personal questions and hostile interviewees.
Module 10: Colour writing
Writing with atmosphere, emotion, presence, perspective and insight.