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English
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Beginner Level
Approx. 22 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

What is a Journalist, and What is News?

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 64 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
Course introduction5m
1.1 What is a journalist? Part A12m
1.2 What is a journalist? Part B14m
1.3 Principles of good news writing15m
1.4 What is news?8m
1.5 Newstown media conference4m
3 readings
Welcome to Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens10m
Week 1 outline10m
Start of course survey10m
2 practice exercises
Week 1 Newstown quiz - This is a practice quiz and does not contribute to your final grade30m
Active or passive sentences quiz - This is a practice quiz and does not contribute to your final grade30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Attribution, Verification and the Structure of News Writing

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
4 videos
2.2 Verification6m
2.3 Attribution10m
2.4 News story structure12m
1 reading
Week 2 outline10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Newstown quiz - This is a practice quiz and does not contribute to your final grade30m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Finding Things Out: Places, Paper and People

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
3.2 Finding things out: More about places and paper4m
3.3 Freedom of Information14m
3.4 Finding things out: People – interviews5m
3.5 Deception and consent12m
3.6 Summary and learning activity 51s
1 reading
Week 3 outline10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 ‘Finding things out’ quiz - This is a practice quiz and does not contribute to your final grade30m
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

More on Interviews

6 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
12 videos
4.2 Dealing with traumatised people13m
4.3 Interview with the Mayor – a bad example 3m
4.4 Interview with the Mayor – a good example11m
4.5 Interview with the Developer – a bad example8m
4.6 Interview with the Developer – a good example19m
4.7 Interview with a Wildfire Victim – a bad example 1m
4.8 Interview with a Wildfire Victim – a good example 4m
4.9 Interview with a Conservationist – a bad example3m
4.10 Interview with a Conservationist – a good example11m
4.11 Telephone interview – a bad example 1m
4.12 Telephone interview – a good example 5m
1 reading
Week 4 outline10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 quiz - Open and closed questions - This is a practice quiz and does not contribute to your final grade30m

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