Diploma in Radio Journalism -Irish Academy of Public Relations UK

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Diploma in Radio Journalism (Online)

Starts: 7 June 2018


The media landscape has changed. The television, publishing and advertising industries have had to reinvent themselves to stay relevant, but radio has adapted well – it has consolidated its niche and embraced new technologies to give listeners what they want, the way they want it.
If you are interested in working in broadcast journalism, reporting the news or being the one to discover important stories, radio is one of the most viable routes you can take.
For the first time ever, the vital skills of radio journalism will be taught online, worldwide. You will learn how to research, interview, package and pitch your audio to radio stations. On completion of the course, your final project will be broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City fm giving you an immediate start in your new journalism career.
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Topics covered in the Irish Academy Radio Journalism Course

Our Diploma in Radio Journalism has twenty modules. We send you a text module each week. The modules contain links to specially created video and audio resources which enhance your learning experience. This exclusive content gives you professional insights, opinions and advice.

This course also has specially created instructional video tutorials on how to use the relevant technology. The questions in each module test your ability to apply the skills you are learning. This is real world stuff.

The Diploma in Radio Journalism has 20 modules covering the following subjects:

Module 1: Introduction to Journalism Video

A review of the history of journalism and journalists, and their evolution over time.

Module 2: What is different about Radio Journalism? Video

The key differences that set radio journalism apart, including the types of stories radio journalists compile and a review of the occupations in radio news.

Module 3: Investigative journalism Video 

A look at what is involved in investigative journalism, how it is defined, the resources required, and how it relates to radio journalism.

Module 4: Journalistic Ethics Video

The ethical standards by which journalists operate.

Module 5: Legal Issues which impact on journalists Video

The legal constraints under which journalists work.

Module 6: Contemporary events and news sources Video

How radio journalists keep track of the world around them for story ideas, and the importance of the internet as a tool for communication, research, and contacts.

Module 7: Journalism, social media, and the internet Video

How the internet is allowing radio journalists to expand their reach, using photos and videos in addition to audio.

Module 8: Grammar as it relates to radio journalism Video

A review of grammar as it specifically relates to radio journalism, including the most common grammar issues facing radio journalists.

Module 9: Radio Journalism interviews Video

A list of types of interviews radio journalists conduct, their purposes and uses, and how to obtain the best audio quality.

Module 10: Conducting an interview Video

An examination of the research and preparation prior to interviews, the types of questions radio journalists ask, and how to avoid common pitfalls in radio interviews.

Module 11: Unique writing style for Radio Journalism Video

In the first of three parts, we examine the unique style of writing for radio, and the importance of incorporating sound in radio journalism.

Module 12: Learning to write for radio Video

In the second of three parts, students begin to apply the principles of writing for radio news learned in the previous module.

Module 13: Writing radio news stories Video

In the third of three parts, students will write full radio news stories based on the transcripts of two fictional interviews.

Module 14: Voice training techniques Video

In the first of two parts, students will learn the voice techniques used by radio journalists.

Module 15: Voice training – recording your report Video

In the second of two parts, students will record their first reports, applying the techniques they've learned in the previous module and using the copy they've written in Module 13.

Module 16: Radio documentaries Video 

A review of the research involved in radio documentaries, types of radio documentaries, and the importance of the use of sound in their production.

Module 17: Working as a freelance radio journalist Video 

A description of the tools necessary to become established as a freelance journalist, the potential markets, and the types of radio freelance journalism.

Module 18: Production - editing audio clips Video

In this first of two parts, students will begin to write their final project and edit the audio clips from their interviews that they wish to use. This includes details and video tutorials on the use of the free audio editing program, Audacity.

Module 19: Production - assembling audio clips Video

In this second of two parts, students will begin to assemble their final audio productions. There are further detailed instructions on the use of Audacity for production purposes, and instructional videos.

Module 20: Final submission - package for radio news. Video

A final look at the important aspects of radio journalism and several sections suggested for review before students complete final production of their course project.


Starts: 7 June 2018

Jobs in Radio Journalism.

Radio jobs continue to provide a useful source of employment for journalists. The Broadcast media has expanded in recent years, radio stations have amalgamated under major brands, online and digital radio stations have continued to appear.

The employment growth is mostly for freelancers who have the technical ability to record and package their own interviews. 

Learning from experienced Radio Journalist

When you start studying with us, you get your own personal tutor who works with you until you complete your course. Our tutors are Radio Broadcast journalists. They have vast knowledge. They love to share their expertise. They enjoy interacting with students. They are generous with their time and their advice. They are also very useful contacts for you! Read More

Radio Journalism – the course that gets you on air!

We have been teaching Radio Journalism since 2014.  The course offers participants an opportunity to learn how research, prepare, record, package and pitch a radio clip to a radio station. In addition, it gives graduates a guarantee that their final project will be aired on 103.2 Dublin City fm.

We rock! Our graduates love us – and they’re not shy about telling the world. Check out our testimonials. These are videos from real people who took our courses. Watch what they have to say about us. Read More

Fast-Track your Radio Journalism Qualification

There are twenty modules on this course. Most people complete one module per week and graduate after 5 months. They take the fast-track.

But we know that unexpected things happen. You might get an opportunity to travel, find that you are expecting a baby or need time to care for a relative, so we allow you one year to complete the course. Whatever the reason – our flexible policy allows you to take the time out that you need, and return to your studies when you are ready.

A broad range of innovative and proven Radio Journalism Course Materials

We created special video clips. We interviewed newspaper editors, social media experts, journalists, event managers, pr practitioners, TV presenters and radio journalists about their businesses. Their advice is available exclusively to our students.

We also created a lot of audio content. Ellen Gunning puts communications professionals in the interviewee chair on her radio programme. The Mediascope Show is broadcast on 103.2 Dublin City fm each week. Our specially selected and edited Mediascope audios give insights into radio in Ireland, freedom of information legislation, the Khogaly massacre and much more.

This course also has specially created instructional video tutorials on how to use the relevant technology. The questions in each module test your ability to apply the skills you are learning. This is real world stuff.

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Starts: 7 June 2018

Diploma in Radio Journalism course fee: £825

Radio Journalism Testimonials

Radio Journalism Graduate Tara Farrell

"As a former graduate of the Irish Academy's Journalism course, I had no hesitation in returning to undertake the Diploma in Radio Journalism. The flexible, online approach was key for me as I work full-time. This course gave me an excellent insight into the whole area of radio journalism and the tutor input was fantastic. There is a really good balance between the practical and the theoretical and each of the 20 modules are really engaging. I never thought I would say this about a final assignment but it was a very enjoyable experience! I have to also acknowledge the support from Chris, the Student Liaison Officer who was fantastic in terms of feedback and answering any queries throughout. If you are looking to up skill in any area of media production then definitely look no further than the Irish Academy of Public Relations." - Tara Farrell

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Radio Journalism Tutor

Norman Jack Radio Presenter

A veteran of more than 35 years as a broadcast journalist, Norman Jack has worked as a reporter, editor, producer, and news presenter in radio and television stations in cities across Canada. Mr. Jack spent 11 years as a parliamentary correspondent for the radio division of Canada's national news agency, the Canadian Press. He has traveled the globe to report on news events, and has interviewed hundreds of people, from presidents and prime ministers to people living on the streets. Among his interests are computers and communication between people, and exploring the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts (RSA), concentrating on social entrepreneurship. Currently, Mr. Jack is Supervising Producer of news and talk shows at radio station CFRA in Canada's capital city, Ottawa.

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