Objective

 

The course will teach you all you need to work as a professional journalist.

Journalists inform the public about circumstances and occurrences which are of significance to society at large. Amongst others, this includes aspects of political, economic and cultural life.

Journalists therefore contribute to the shaping of public opinion. In doing so, they perform an important societal role which ensures the proper functioning of a media democracy.

A journalist's core tasks include investigation, writing, presenting, and editing.

According to the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-08), journalists form Unit Group 2642. ISCO-08 defines and describes journalists as follows:

"Journalists research, investigate, interpret and communicate news and public affairs through newspapers, television, radio and other media.

Tasks include –

(a) collecting local, national and international news through interviews, investigation and observation, attending public events, seeking out records, reviewing written work and attending film and stage performances;

(b) collecting, reporting and commenting on news and current affairs for publication in newspapers and periodicals, or for broadcasting by radio, television or webcast media;

(c) receiving, analysing and verifying news and other copy for accuracy;

(d) interviewing politicians and other public figures at press conferences and on other occasions, including individual interviews recorded for radio, television or webcast media;

(e) researching and reporting on developments in specialized fields such as medicine, science and technology;

(f) writing editorials and commentaries on topics of current interest to stimulate public interest and express the views of a publication or broadcasting station;

(g) writing critical reviews of literary, musical and other artistic works based on knowledge, judgement and experience for newspapers, television, radio and other media;

(h) selecting material for publication, checking style, grammar, accuracy and legality of content and arranging for any necessary revisions;

(i) liaising with production staff in checking final proof copies immediately prior to printing;

(j) selecting, assembling and preparing publicity material about business or other organizations for issue through press, radio, television and other media.

Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Journalist
  • Newspaper editor
  • Newspaper reporter
  • Sports writer
  • Sub editor
  • TV/radio news producer
  • TV/radio news reporter".

The course will equip you with the professional and technical knowledge and competences which you need to work as a journalist. You will also learn to critically reflect on journalism, its general framework, goals and effects as well as how it is embedded in society.

The program offered by the Open School of Journalism places strong emphasis on practical skills required in practical journalism.

 

* ISCO-08 is the international job classification structure by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which is a part of the United Nations and consists of 187 member states.