Online Journalism Classes
Improve Writing Skills Through Journalism
This course will help students improve their writing skills by learning the basics of journalism, such as how to research, interview, report, write, and edit news stories for different media platforms and audiences. Students will also learn about the ethical and social aspects of journalism, such as how to avoid bias, plagiarism, and fake news, and how to respect diversity and inclusivity in their reporting. Students will practice their writing skills through various types of journalism writing, such as news, features, opinions, reviews, and profiles.
The course will consist of four modules:
- Module 1: What is Journalism? In this module, students will learn about the definition, purpose, and history of journalism, as well as the skills and qualities of a good journalist. Students will also learn about the different genres and formats of journalism, such as print, online, broadcast, and social media. Students will also explore some current issues and challenges facing journalists today.
- Module 2: How to Research and Interview? In this module, students will learn how to conduct effective research and interviews for their news stories. Students will learn how to find reliable sources, verify information, use search engines and databases, and cite their sources. Students will also learn how to prepare for interviews, ask open-ended questions, listen actively, take notes, and record interviews.
- Module 3: How to Report and Write? In this module, students will learn how to report and write news stories for different media platforms and audiences. Students will learn how to write leads, structure stories, use quotes and attribution, and apply the inverted pyramid style. Students will also learn how to use appropriate grammar, vocabulary, style, and tone for their writing. Students will practice writing news articles for print, online, broadcast, and social media.
- Module 4: How to Edit and Analyze? In this module, students will learn how to edit and analyze their own and others’ news stories. Students will learn how to proofread, revise, and improve their writing for clarity, accuracy, coherence, and impact. Students will also learn how to evaluate the quality and credibility of news sources and stories. Students will also learn how to identify and avoid fake news, misinformation, and propaganda.
The course will use a variety of resources and activities to help students improve their writing skills through journalism, such as:
- Online articles, videos, podcasts, and websites from reputable news organizations
- Worksheets, quizzes, rubrics, and checklists to guide students in their writing process
- Classroom discussions, debates, simulations, and games to stimulate students’ curiosity and critical thinking
- Student-generated surveys, polls, interviews, and reports to involve students in their communities
- Creative projects such as poems or comics based on news stories
Start Date: TBD
Course Number: 108
Timings: TBD CST
Total Classes: TBD
If none of the times we have available work for you, please email us your preferred day and time, including your time zone, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to accommodate your request, based on teacher availability.