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Introduction to Journalism

A journalism journey...
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Joel Gershon

on 19 January 2016

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Transcript of Introduction to Journalism

A journey into journalism
Introduction to Journalism
Any ideas you can share?
News elements
What is news?
What is the story exactly? What are the five W's, H and "so what"?

Who is the audience
for this story?

Where do they live?

What kind of
platform or medium
are you telling the
story in? Print? Broadcast? Online? Will the story target a local crowd or go global?

How should the story be told? Is it a
hard news story or a feature story?
What kind of tone will it have?
News Elements
Immediacy
Proximity
Prominence
Consequence
Mystery
Timing
Deciding what kind of story it should be based on when the events occurred and how it fits in the news.
Seriousness
How much impact of the story has and how dangerous or difficult is the assignment?
Unexpectedness
Something out of the ordinary has a greater
news value than something which occurs everyday.
Ambiguity
How will this story continue?
How will it end?
What does it mean for different people?
Conflict
Romances
Emotions
Human Interest
Progress
Competition
Making sure you are beating the others in news
How can do you "do better" than your competitors in the news business?
Conflict
Public may need to have information about it for survival.
Problems may be complicated and not easily resolved.
What is interesting?

How will the particular audience respond or react to the topic? How are people affected? How many people might be concerned. What is important and why?


Is the outcome of an event of great interest to people? Why? What were the important elements at stake that led to that point?
Consequences
Stories about leaders, people who are rich and powerful or famous often get more coverage because these stories capture the greater public’s interest even if it's not important to them necessarily.
The draw of power
Constraints
Deadlines must be met and only some stories can be researched and covered quickly.

Space in the publication: Stories may need to compete with one another for space in the media, so stories are sometimes cut short or made longer - to be decided by an editor.

Resources: The ability to deploy staff members and/or equipment may determine whether a story is covered and how.
What we will study:

What makes something news or a newsworthy event
Basic news gathering skills: interviewing, data collecting
Practicing basic news writing skills
Learning to write for different media platforms
What we will study
What makes something news or a newsworthy event

Basic news gathering skills: interviewing,
data collecting, thinking through a story

Practicing basic news writing skills

Learning to report and write for different
media platforms
Evaluation
Class participation
Contributing in class, paying attention, listening well, achieving good scores on current event quizzes, in class presentations.

Assignment
One reporting assignment with classmates

Exams
Midterm Exam
Final exam
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ASSIGNMENT - DUE NEXT WEEK
There are different ways to cover news: breaking news style, analysis, opinion, through the use of packages containing photos or video.
One must be very careful when reporting about conflict
Meaningfulness
DON'T BE LATE, DON'T BE DISRESPECTFUL!

I EXPECT YOU TO ALL PUT YOUR HEARTS INTO THE CLASS AND TO SERIOUSLY WORK ON YOUR ENGLISH

DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS AND PARTICIPATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED
BASIC ADVICE FOR YOU ALL
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