Start date: 25 April 2017
Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm
Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Awarding body: The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)
News is information that someone, somewhere, wants to suppress. The rest, said Dublin-born British newspaper magnate Lord Northcliffe, is “advertising”.
Modern journalism, however, is about so much more than just “news”. A century after Lord Northcliffe’s reign, the profession now embraces, not just the printed word, but also television, radio and digital media – and not just news, but specialist reporting on business, sport, the arts and many other subjects.
The City Colleges Diploma in News & Sport Journalism prepares the student to contribute to the global digital conversation in an eloquent, informative and effective style. Students will learn the key skills of in-depth research and clear, concise writing, vital for success in all walks of life. The course will prepare them to write for newspapers, magazines and the web – and also introduce them to the world of broadcasting and publishing.
Students who successfully complete the Diploma will have gained the skill set and knowledge to:
- Report on current affairs and sports events
- Research, collate and disseminate news and information
- Develop their own journalistic style
- Manipulate digital media for journalistic purposes
Brenda Power has been in journalism for 36 years, since entering the Rathmines College of Commerce journalism course, then the only one in the country, in 1980. She worked for the Irish Press and Sunday Press, initially as a news reporter, later as a feature writer and columnist, and then moved to the Sunday Tribune as a reporter, feature writer and columnist. Brenda worked as a presenter/reporter in RTE on the series Would You Believe, and also for two years as presenter of Crime Call. In radio she stood in for Marian Finucane and Joe Duffy, as well as presenting several series of shows of her own, including a daily live interview series and a Sunday morning moral maze-type programme called The Grey Area. Brenda worked for Newstalk for two years presenting a daily morning phone in show. She has worked for The Sunday Times for 13 years as a columnist, and for the Irish Daily Mail, also as a columnist, for 10 years. Brenda was called to the Bar in 1996 and is currently working as a barrister as well as a journalist and occasional broadcaster. Most recently, she presented two series of The Media Show on RTE Radio 1.
Niall O’Flynn, journalist and TV producer/director. He has led newspaper and broadcast coverage of elections, referenda, budgets and major international news stories – including the 9/11 attacks.
Myles Dungan, RTE Radio current affairs and arts presenter – 5-7 Live, Today, Rattlebag
Sean MacCarthaigh, former ministerial advisor, former senior editor – Irish Business Post, Irish Echo, New York
Elaine Cobbe, CBS News Correspondent, Paris – war correspondent, journalism lecturer
Philip Nolan, journalist & author – The Irish Mail, Ryanland
John O’Keeffe, criminologist, law lecturer, columnist, former Property Editor – Sunday Independent, Irish Daily Mail
Week 1: Breaking News
9/11 & Other Stories
How RTE covered the biggest story of the 21st Century
Producing a daily news programme
The 24-hour news cycle
Myles Dungan & Niall O’Flynn, RTE
Week 2: The Foreign Correspondent
War Journalism, Trauma & Ethics
Elaine Cobbe, CBS Paris Correspondent
Week 3: Writing For A Living
The 5Ws – who, what, why, when, where (& how)
Writing for different platforms – press, magazines, radio, TV, social media
The different forms – news, features, opinion, sport, business, specialist
Week 4: Sports Presenting
Reporting, presenting & interviewing
Week 5: What Is News?
News v Current Affairs – what’s the difference?
Balancing the facts
The evolution & future of news
Week 6: Feature & Travel Writing
Features, profiles and critiques
Week 7: Journalism and the Law
Libel & slander
Reporting the courts, writing about crime & when NOT to publish
Week 8: TV & Radio
The World Cup & other stories
Presenting for TV & radio
Covering major news and sports events
Week 9: Lobbying & PR
Week 10: Freelancing
How to make a living as a freelance
Building a contacts book
Why City Colleges?
- Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
- Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
- City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
- Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
- Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
- Limited class size
For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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