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Approx. 14 hours to complete
English

What you will learn

  • distinguish verified journalistic reports from similar information products like ads, propaganda, or entertainment

  • determine the degree of reliability of the news by analyzing its structure, presentation, evidence, sources and language

Skills you will gain

Responsible News Consumptiondetecting fake newsSources EvaluationParsing newsCritical Thinking
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100% online
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Beginner Level
Approx. 14 hours to complete
English

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National Research University Higher School of Economics

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Донской государственный технический университет

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Responsible news consumption as the basis for the development of civil society

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
5 videos
What does a modern person need responsible news consumption for and why is it important in the Digital Age8m
Power of information and how it influences at our lives today9m
What is the essence of news and what does journalism have to do with it?9m
Who determines our news agenda in the Digital Age9m
1 reading
The Manifesto of the Viral Editor10m
5 practice exercises
Key points of the lecture20m
Key points of the lecture25m
Key points of the lecture20m
Key points of the lecture20m
The essence of news and principles of responsible news consumption30m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

News in post-soviet realm

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 32 min)
4 videos
Reporting function of news against propaganding function of ideology7m
News in oral culture vs news in written culture7m
Deficiency of dialog (structural problems of public sphere in post-soviet world)8m
5 practice exercises
Key points of the lecture20m
Key points of the lecture20m
Key points of the lecture20m
Key points of the lecture20m
News in different cultures and media landscapes30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Journalistic verification: how it works

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 33 min)
4 videos
Journalistic verification: in pursuit of the truth8m
Follow the verification: evidence, context and transparency8m
Follow the verification: evaluating sources6m
5 practice exercises
Key points of the lecture25m
Key points of the lecture25m
Key points of the lecture30m
Key points of the lecture25m
Principles of journalism & signs of provisional truth30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Between fairness and balance

3 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 32 min)
5 videos
Bias of news media and bias of audience7m
Political economy of post-soviet state-driven media space8m
News reporting vs opinion journalism: how not to get confused7m
Parsing of news report4m
6 practice exercises
Key points of the lecture25m
Key points of the lecture25m
Key points of the lecture25m
Key points of the lecture30m
Key points of the lecture20m
All the tools for thoughtful parsing the news35m

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