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JOURNALISM


               Discover the freedom and diversity of journalism!


                   

Journalism is defined generally as the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, presenting or broadcasting news, descriptive material or comment via the media. The media includes newspapers and magazines, books, television and radio, and the Internet. Journalists practise the occupation of journalism; in other words, they are the chief transmitters of information and opinion in today’s society.

 

One of the most efficient ways to make money from writing is to produce saleable articles. General news from your local area is of interest to local press and radio, and can often be of interest to the wider circulating newspapers and magazines around the world. To that end, turning your average everyday activities and writing into a saleable product is what Lifestyle Learning Direct’s Journalism course is all about.

 

Discover how to come up with ideas that sell. Receive professional guidance on making money from articles, features, books and news items. You'll get to know the top tips on approaching editors, presenting your articles and how to source work.

 

We also teach you about reporting, interviews, features, writing for radio and multimedia, and much more! So, get started today and acquire the skills and knowledge that could set you off on a new and exciting career!

COURSE CONTENTS

There are twelve (12) lessons as follows:

 

MODULE 1: THE BASICS

Definition of freelance journalism, where to work, what you need, the subject, sales survey, occupational knowledge, specific market, writing articles, beginning-body-ending, manuscript presentation.

 

MODULE 2: RESEARCH & DRAMATISATION

Philosophy, what you know, researching facts, libraries, activities, books, newspaper clippings, copyright, publicity departments, professionalism, capitalisation, punctuation.


MODULE 3:
AN INDIVIDUAL STYLE

Rapport with readers, parts of speech, punctuation, style qualities, show – don’t tell, pace, rhythm, purple prose, active and passive verbs, active voice, participles, verb and pronoun agreement, precision.  

 

MODULE 4: NON-FICTION WRITING

Finding subject material,  types of publications, know your subject, autobiographies and biographies, interviews, approaching subjects, human interest, travelogues, instruction manuals, children’s books, holiday guides, specialist books, indexing.


MODULE 5:
WINNING OVER EDITORS

What is an editor, approaching editors, finding good ideas, unique angles, query letter, example, electronic communication, publication guidelines letter, cover letter.


MODULE 6:
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER

Local newspapers, what to write, making headlines work, editing, revision, style, clarity, simplify sentences, rhythm.


MODULE 7:
NEWS, FAST AND FACTUAL

Revision of blueprints, permanent versus freelance, topical and significant news, a good news article, checking sources, entertainment pages, feature articles, seeking subjects, planning, common errors.


MODULE 8:
THE INTERVIEW

Developing news sense, preparation, questions, reproduction, celebrities, interviewing tips, radio and TV interviews, review columns, beating writer’s block, copyright.

 

MODULE 9: WRITING FOR RADIO AND TELEVISION

Word pictures, work available, sound effects, presentation format, radio drama, using FX, types of radio programs, TV news and documentaries, news impact, double checking.


MODULE 10:
WRITING FOR CHILDREN

Non-fiction books, watch tense, clichés, plot, character, dialogue, the ending, writing opportunities, picture books, practical tips.


MODULE 11:
PUBLISHING POINTERS

Formatting, outlook, submitting manuscripts, query letter, submitting graphics and photos, more on books, dealing with agents, dealing with editors, marketing breakdown.


MODULE 12:
THE FINALE

Chapters, page numbering, presentation, sample chapters, extra documents, on the front line, table of contents, foreword, preface, prologue, acknowledgements, back of the book, fillers and anecdotes, columns, radio and TV, copyright, serial rights, keeping records, contacts, income and expense records, locating markets, the final word.

COURSE DURATION: Approx 150 hours

This course is also available by CD-ROM
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EXAMPLES OF WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE

  • Choose a popular publication in your area and analyse it using the Market Analyser Questionnaire. Then, write a non-fiction article for the same publication.
  • Choose a subject of particular interest to you and write an article on that subject in final draft form as if you had a publication in mind.
  • Choose a technical (or semi-technical) subject about which you have knowledge and decide on a fresh approach likely to interest a reader group.
  • Write a biography synopsis. Select three working titles designed to hook readers.
  • Write a short travelogue of a place you have enjoyed visiting.
  • Prepare a query letter you believe will make the editor sit up and take notice of your idea.
  • Write a covering letter to accompany an article when submitted.
  • List three celebrities currently in the limelight who you would like to interview, and three possible target publications where you could sell your feature article.
  • Write a short radio report on a controversial happening in your local area and prepare a basic plan. You may need to interview a knowledgeable person on the subject and then record his opinions in documentary form.
  • Without worrying too much about the technical layout for TV broadcasting purposes and using similar principles, prepare a TV news program of no more than 750 words, covering regional and national news items.
  • Select a non-fiction subject and write a synopsis – in chapterisation form – of a possible book for children.
  • List your sources of information for a proposed book, using the reference and non-fiction sections of your local library, if necessary.
  • Write a covering letter to the editor of your target publisher, briefly introducing yourself and explaining your book, why you think it will sell and who will want to read it (your target readership).
  • List subjects you may feel qualified to write about in regard to a non-fiction book for children of a certain target age group. State the age group.
  • Set out your market strategy. Detail what you plan to write, where you hope to sell it, and how you can achieve that aim.

EXPERT TUITION

Even though you are studying at a time and place convenient for you, you still benefit from expert guidance and tuition. Your tutor for this course is experienced in this field and will provide valuable feedback on each assignment you submit.

 

COURSE WRITTEN BY EXPERTS

All courses offered on the Lifestyle Learning Direct website have been written by industry experts and are regularly updated to ensure the information is accurate and relevant.

 

EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND LESSONS

Don’t worry if you have never studied before; all your lessons are set out in easy-to-understand language, taking you step by step through your course. If you need additional assistance, simply contact Student Services and help will never be far away.

 

STUDYING ONLINE IS SIMPLE

With online training you have the advantage of being able to study anywhere that you have access to a computer and the Internet. All your lessons are available on our website for you to view as you need them, or you can save them to your computer and print them so you can take them with you wherever you go.


Once you are comfortable that you understand everything contained in the lesson, simply complete your assignment and upload it to the website for your tutor to mark. Once your tutor has marked your assignment you will receive an email notifying you it is ready for collection.

Part Payments Available
Initial deposit : $450 inc GST
2nd payment : $450 inc GST
Total Cost : $900 inc GST

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