Diploma in News & Sports Journalism


Start date: 17 April 2018

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)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more  classroom-based courses can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

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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.

    Guest Lecturers:

    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
    Research methods

    Week 4: Sports Presenting
    Reporting, presenting & interviewing

    Week 5:  What Is News?
    Opinion Writing
    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
    Specialist Writing

    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
    Interview skills
    Covering major news and sports events

    Week 9:  Lobbying & PR

    Week 10: Freelancing
    How to make a living as a freelance
    Freelance opportunities
    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
    • Parking
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    For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40 or email info@citycolleges.ie

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