Introduction to Journalism
Journalists are so much more than people who write articles. They’re the fabric of our society – holding a crucial role that tells stories of the every-man, holds those in power accountable and uncovers the deep dark secrets of society.
With words as their superpower, journalists investigate the unknown and share their findings with the general population – ensuring that our fathers, brothers, mothers, sisters and friends are informed about the issues taking place in society today.
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While journalists no longer sit by a typewriter, journalism skills are still needed today. The mediums journalists use to tell stories have changed, but the role of using communication to inspire, inform and entertain remains.
While print publications have less full-time staff than in previous decades, the rise of online content has created more digital opportunities for professional communicators than ever before. In other words, study a journalism course online, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities.
Study a journalism degree and you could find work as a:
- Journalist: Use skills from your journalism degree to produce stories for websites, magazines, newspapers, TV and radio. Report on recent events, politics, lifestyle news and more.
- Book editor: A degree in journalism gives you advanced skills in grammar and vocabulary. These are incredibly useful for publishing houses.
- Public relations professional: Use your knowledge of journalism to represent and control the public image of companies and people.
- Copywriter: See your writing up in lights in advertisements and on websites. Get creative by crafting billboards, television commercial scripts, radio ads and more.
- Social media manager: A degree in journalism will hone your knowledge of online platforms. Many organisations need people with these skills to manage and run their company profiles.
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What will I learn in a journalism degree?
Study a journalism course online, and you’ll learn:
- How to identify what’s “newsworthy” and what's not: Gain a sense of what's worth reporting on. You'll develop a nose for news through consuming journalism in preparation for creating your own.
- How to research and plan news stories: Understand what happens behind the scenes of a story. Learn what it takes to find information and structure your piece.
- Techniques for interviewing subjects and telling their stories: Getting information from people takes a lot more than asking a question. Discover how to build trust with those you report on.
- Skills to create stories in print, broadcast and online media: From using online publishing systems, to creating sound files, you'll learn it all.
- The power, and danger, of social media in journalism: Social media has created a new era of news. Discover how you can harness it for to deliver trusted information.
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