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Digital Journalism

Digital Journalism

College
London College of Communication
Taught by
Jonathan Stoneman

Description


Get a sound understanding of the opportunities and challenges digital technology brings to journalism. Explore some of the latest news stories - Trump and fake news, Cambridge Analytica, citizen reporting of terror attacks - by delving into the technology, tools, and issues.

On this five-day course you’ll be introduced to the pivotal digital developments in web journalism, social media and digital publishing. You will find out about latest reader expectations that have made new business models not only possible but necessary. Whilst this is not a ‘techie’ course you will have the opportunity to get to grips with technology, such as Google Analytics and data visualisation, in some practical workshops.

Through a series of case-studies you’ll look at different revenue-generating business models. There will be the opportunity to contribute to current debates and issues in digital journalism such as participatory culture, verification and disruption. Through a series of outputs, the course will conclude with the presentation of a digital portfolio published online to reflect your skills and progress.

Level: Intermediate
You should have some prior journalism experience but you do not need to have any previous digital knowledge.

Day one: Overview

Lectures

The Media Landscape > From traditional to digital journalism
Issues in contemporary journalism > Fake news, verification and the techno-moral panic

Workshops

Blog project brief > Choosing platforms and planning content
Working with fake news > Test your skills in an interactive quiz

Day two: Content

Lectures

Intro to news journalism > Writing for print vs digital content creation
Issues in contemporary journalism > Convergence, UCG and digital storytelling

Workshops

Sourcing and creating news content > Virtual vox pops
Digital Storytelling > Devising the framework for an explainer

Day three: Data

Workshop

Finding stories in numbers by crunching data and producing a digital visualisation > With Jonathan Stoneman

Day four: Social

Lectures

Understanding social media > The platforms, the tools and the skills
MoJo journalism > Exploring a mobile-first approach to digital media

Workshops

What makes a good Tweet? > Test your skills in an interactive quiz
Your social media presence > Choose a platform and devise a profile

Day five: Publishing

Lectures

Understanding digital publishing > How do you make money?

Workshops

Demystifying digital > Pick a publication and untangle its economic model
Digital media vocabulary > Understanding the jargon

Who Should Attend

This course has been specifically designed for those who have been working in journalism and want to explore the opportunities and confront the challenges of digital journalism with greater confidence.

You may be:

  • In a senior editorial position and responsible for recruiting new staff and managing a digital production budget
  • A journalist working with developers and digital designers
  • Returning to work after a break for parental leave or other reasons
  • A freelancer seeking opportunities and networks

If you have any questions about the course please do not hesitate to contact us.

Follow Up Courses
Our Digital Skills training courses are ideal if you started out in the pre-digital era - broaden your knowledge, employability skills and digital literacy for the digital economy.


Tutor Description


Jonathan Stoneman has specialised in training others how to use data since 2010. Before that he worked in various roles at the BBC for 20 years, including Head of Training at BBC World Service. Over the years he has trained a wide range of people, including journalists, civil servants, charity workers and fundraisers. He aims to make his courses practical and as hands-on as possible, and loves nothing more than seeing total beginners see how easy it can be to find insights in data.

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