Journalism Skills I

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LJX032M05
Vaknaam Journalism Skills I
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Journalism Skills I
Leerdoelen 1. Understanding the basic building blocks of news and storytelling (e.g. the 5 W's and H, straight newswriting, narrative devices)
2. Interviewing sources, gathering information and selecting the facts needed to write a clear, interesting news story
3. Basic writing and publishing for websites
4. Formulating and persuasively pitching news and feature story proposals
5. Ranking the relative importance of a range of news facts
6. Applying the basic principles of reporting, e.g. balance, accuracy, fairness
7. A journalistic attitude; critical thinking, skepticism and avoiding tunnel vision
Omschrijving This course unit deals with the basic skills and attitude needed to report news. The skills include recognizing news, researching, finding and interviewing sources, checking facts, and writing balanced and accurate news reports. The necessary attitude is often called a nose for news: a deeply-ingrained curiosity and a desire to uncover and communicate facts not yet widely known. This sensibility leads reporters to the news and helps them anticipate how to frame stories that capture the public's interest. Another key element of a reporter's mind-set is scepticism. Essentially this means seeking the truth but never being too easily satisfied that you have found it. And finally, this course will deal with the importance of how we tell our stories - with a respect for the power of language and a vigilance in using it to clarify, not to mystify, the world around us.

To instill a reporter's attitude, classes during this unit will simulate the daily routine in a professional newsroom. Each day will begin with an editorial meeting in which the students will discuss a wide range of topics and select those which are suitable for treatment. The focus will be on world news, but specific input from each student based on knowledge of their home country/region and personal range of interests is strongly encouraged.

Following the editorial meeting, the course instructor will give a short lecture or lead a discussion that may include written or oral exercises aimed at practicing and sharpening skills. Students will then be asked to go out, gather information and report on the news. They will find and check facts, decide on an angle, speak to sources and, finally, write news reports (and features) under deadline pressure. Over the course of the unit, a wide range of topics will be covered. The stories will be handed in and checked by the instructor. Selected stories will be orally presented and critiqued by the group.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
Toetsvorm portfolio, testimonium, wekelijkse opdrachten
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. drs. B.J. Brouwers
Docent(en) R.E.C. Chesal
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The Art and Craft of Feature Writing William E. Blundell
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the English-taught programme in the Master of Journalism
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma Mediastudies  (Ma Journalism (Engelstalig)) 1 semester I a verplicht