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journalism courses

Enrol for Certificate in Journalism

To join this course you should be over 18 years of age and have a good command of the English language.

  • COURSE STARTS Thursday 17 September 2015
  • Tutor appointed straight away
  • Study online in your own time

Certificate in Journalism - Syllabus

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.

Journalism as a Career

journalism career

Journalism Course Textbook

working as a journalist


by John Brophy
The Irish Academy 2007
ISBN No.978-0-9556578-0-1 : Paperback

Recommended Retail Price : EUR25.00

Academy Price: EUR20.00