Learn essential skills and useful tools to help you become a reporter in a social media and digital era.
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Enhance your skills as a news reporter
With so much of our news now consumed online, it’s important to know how digital journalism differs from traditional forms.
On this four-week course, you’ll increase your understanding of the essential ingredients for good reporting and how to apply this to online journalism.
This practical course will take you through a variety of exercises including how to pick the best stories for different target audiences, how to write a news story from information and quotes, and writing other forms of journalism to build your skills.
Explore the value of community news
You’ll examine what it means to have different communities reflected in the news and the impact this has on society.
Drawing from your own experiences, you’ll discuss how far you have seen various communities represented in the news before learning how reporters create this type of story.
You’ll also have the opportunity to create a story about your community or area of special interest.
Examine the power of social media in reporting and journalism
Social media has undoubtedly changed the way we report and consume news.
You’ll explore how news platforms use social media in reporting and what makes an engaging post without being ‘clickbait’.
As well as this, you’ll examine how news outlets use social media to pick up stories, interviewees, and case studies.
Explore the realms of digital journalism
Finally, you’ll explore the power of the personal story.
You’ll examine the attraction and also the danger of people telling their own stories before taking the opportunity to create your own piece of personalized journalism.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. At every step of the course, you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.