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Digital Journalism Online Short Course

Course 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.

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

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

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 2 weeks online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Available dates

Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.

Materials

Online short course materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here - https://www.speedtest.net

Please bring for the first session:

  • notebook and pen

Details

Topics covered

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

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Meet the Tutor:

Digital Journalism is an in-depth, practical workshop for professionals seeking to update research, production and analytics know-how. Delve into the tips, tools and issues a journalist needs to thrive and leave with confidence and ideas.

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