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Lesson 2: MODULE 1, 2 & 3

Swethan April 24, 2024

Module 1: Introduction to Journalism

  • Definition and history of journalism: Students will explore the origins of journalism, tracing its evolution from ancient times to the modern era. They will learn about key milestones in the development of journalism as a profession and its role in shaping societies.
  • Role of journalism in society: This section will examine the critical role that journalism plays in providing information, fostering public debate, and holding power to account. Students will discuss the importance of a free press in maintaining democratic societies.
  • Overview of different types of journalism: Students will be introduced to various forms of journalism, including news reporting, investigative journalism, feature writing, and opinion pieces. They will learn about the unique characteristics and purposes of each type.

Module 2: News Gathering and Reporting

  • Basics of news gathering techniques: Students will learn how to identify newsworthy events, conduct research, and gather information through sources such as interviews, documents, and observation.
  • Identifying news sources and story ideas: This section will cover strategies for identifying reliable sources and generating story ideas that are relevant and engaging to the audience.
  • Conducting effective interviews: Students will learn the art of conducting interviews, including how to prepare questions, approach interview subjects, and extract valuable information.
  • Writing clear and concise news stories: Students will practice writing news stories using the inverted pyramid structure, which prioritizes the most important information at the beginning of the article. They will also learn techniques for writing in a clear, concise, and engaging manner.
  • Fact-checking and verification: This section will emphasize the importance of verifying information and fact-checking sources to ensure the accuracy and credibility of news stories.

Module 3: Writing for Journalism

  • Principles of journalistic writing style: Students will learn the key elements of journalistic writing style, including objectivity, accuracy, fairness, and balance. They will also explore the use of language and tone in conveying information effectively.
  • Structuring a news story (inverted pyramid): Building upon the basics covered in Module 2, students will further develop their skills in structuring news stories using the inverted pyramid format, with the most important information presented first, followed by supporting details.
  • Writing headlines and leads: Students will learn techniques for crafting compelling headlines and leads that grab the reader’s attention and accurately summarize the main points of the story.
  • Incorporating quotes and attribution: This section will cover how to effectively incorporate quotes from sources into news stories, as well as the importance of providing proper attribution for information.
  • Editing and revising for clarity and accuracy: Students will practice editing and revising their work to improve clarity, accuracy, and readability. They will also learn about the importance of editing for grammar, punctuation, and style.