Certificate in Introduction to Journalism Online Short Course

Provider Courses for Success
Course Outcome Certificate of Completion
Study Mode Online
Duration 5-10 hours
Start Date Anytime – start today!
Cost $399.00
  • What you'll learn


    The world of writing is constantly expanding, with journalism remaining as the cream of the crop. With so many businesses and organisations looking for skilled prose creators, it is important for you to gain knowledge and get certified in the field.

    The Introduction to Journalism Online Short Course is your entryway into the realm of professional media. This online class teaches you the essentials of journalism, including the great inverted pyramid that every reporter uses when sharing current events in the world.

    You will conceptualise and construct articles that adhere to the pyramid as well as express your style in writing. A clear understanding of what it truly means to have freedom in media will be grasped after completing this online short course.

    After purchasing this course, you will be provided with unlimited, lifetime access to its materials.

  • Ideal for


    This short course is perfect for any adult hoping to learn about the field of journalism. Teenagers over 16-years-old are also invited to apply, but must have the signature of a parent or guardian before being accepted into the course.

    There are no formal entry requirements for this short course, however you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to access course materials.

  • Career Outcomes


    By the end of this course, you will understand the essentials of journalism. You will be able to use these foundational concepts to build your career.

    Completion of this short course will see you awarded with a Courses For Success certificate of completion.

  • Course Content


    Section one: What is journalism

    • Preamble
    • The framework of the course
    • What is journalism?
    • Explaining events
    • Issues and current events
    • Movers and shakers
    • Freedom of the press
    • The people’s right to know
    • Fashions and Trends
    • Parts of a Newspaper

    Section two: Composition and developing style

    • Elements of style
    • Overview of writing
    • Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy
    • Ability to write well
    • Inverted or reverse pyramid
    • Newspapers from top to bottom
    • Journalism activity
    • Headlines
    • Deck
    • Journalism activity
    • Bylines and datelines
    • Jumplines
    • Reports
    • Grammar
    • Sentence structure
    • Active Voice
    • Paragraph structure
    • Overall style
    • Short Sentences
    • Sharp ledes
    • Writing ledes
    • Journalism activity
    • Body: exposition
    • First and second references
    • Sources
    • Direct quotes
    • Expletives deleted
    • Indirect quotes
    • Journalism activity
    • Conclusion of your report
    • Graphics
    • Photojournalism

    Section three: Honing your skills

    • Honing your skills
    • Originality
    • Objectivity
    • Open-mindedness
    • Being fair, balanced
    • The art of engagement
    • Verification
    • Style manual
    • Australian English usage
    • Journalism activity
    • The five W’s
    • Who?
    • What?
    • When?
    • Where?
    • Why?
    • How?
    • Journalism activity
    • More on objectivity
    • What is a fact?
    • Separating fact from fiction
    • What is newsworthy?
    • Timeliness
    • Conflict
    • Impact of actions or decisions
    • The unusual, odd and remarkable
    • Leaders
    • Covering an event
    • Developing sources
    • Maintaining integrity

    Section four: Careers in journalism

    • Open field
    • Determine a career path early
    • Reporter/journalist
    • Local/regional
    • Investigative
    • Foreign correspondent
    • Columnist
    • Feature writer
    • Sports
    • Freelancer, stringer
    • Broadcast journalism
    • Creating your online voice
    • Creating a sense of community
    • Core values and ethics
    • Professional values
  • Payment Information


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  • Why Courses for Success?

    Courses for Success

    Boasting one of the most extensive and diverse course lists on offer, Courses for Success have hundreds of online courses. With everything from accounting to art, wedding planning to web design, they are a great option for anyone with specific professional development needs or with a particular hobby to pursue – there really is a course to suit everyone.

    Courses for Success has developed its own online courses and utilises the latest technology to deliver them at affordable prices across ten countries. They have also partnered with some of Australia’s leading training providers to offer a range of accredited courses, with accessibility their main aim.

    As a student of Courses for Success, you’ll benefit from 24/7 access to your online course materials, enabling you to study whenever and wherever you want.

    You will also receive ongoing support from a tutor who is available to answer your questions and help keep you motivated as you may your way through the course material.