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Journalism Practice I
Journalism Practice I 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Journalism Practice I
Journalism Practice I Online: Gain practical journalism experience. Develop your ability to write articles to specification and submit those articles for publication in a periodical (ie. Newspaper, Magazine or Ezine). By the end of this course, you will actually have something published!
Prerequisite: Excellent Writing Skills are essential, unless you are taking this course as part of our Advanced Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Higher Advanced Diploma in Journalism, which all develop writing skills through programmes such as: Creative Writing, Efficient Writing and Freelance Writing.
To make journalism a profitable career, you must be able to write your articles to the specifications required and not try to reinvent the wheel. This course will help you acquire the skills to do this by teaching you among many other things that:
- You provide the correct number of words required by a publisher. For example, if an article of 300 to 350 words has been asked for, that is what you must submit.
- If your submission is required by a certain date, you do so by the deadline and preferably before.
- If you are being asked to write your piece in a simple style, with no jargon, or targeted at a particular audience, these are the guidelines you adhere to.
Lesson Structure: Journalism Practice I BWR203
1 Working To Specification
- Writing Specifications (Specs)
- Sustaining a Profitable Career in Journalism
- How Fast You Need to Write
- Probem of Quality Without Speed
- Increasing Profitability With Illustration
- Getting Extra For Your Writing
- PBL Project (see below for details)
2 Publishing Online - Electronic Publications
- How Material is Published Online
- Change is the New Normal
- Management Systems
- Example of a Management System
Carry out research into what is required to submit articles for publishing in three different online publications. These might be online ezines, blogs, newsletters, social media, or any other places that will accept and publish submissions of 2 or more paragraphs. This does not include social media, forums, comment boxes, or other such places that will only accept very short statements up to a couple of sentences.Take notes.
3 Writing and Submitting Articles
- Digital Writing
- Legal Changes
- Styling an Article
Write an article of approximately 1500 words for online publishing on a subject of your own choosing. Submit the article online to a web publisher. Inform your tutor by email after you have completed your submission and where and how you have submitted it. Once your tutor confirms you have submitted the article properly, answer the assignment questions.
4 Revising Submitted Work
1 Browse the web for articles on a topic that interests you, and report on the following:
- 10 web pages (not advertising pages) that you caught and held your attention
- What kept you on a webpage (ie. made the page most interesting to you)?
- How easy or difficult the articles were to read.
- How important was the way it was written?
- How important was the way it was styled?
2 Carry out some research
Please Note: Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
Learning Goals: Journalism Practice I BWR203
- Explain publishing specifications, and apply that understanding to specific writing tasks
- Explain and apply some processes that may be involved in publishing items online, and some advantages of these processes to writers and publishers
- Write and submit an article for online publication
- Revise and edit an article for online publishing.
Practical (Set Tasks)
Introduction to PBL
If you have not done a PBL before, please read the following. If you have done a PBL in another course, you may move on to the actual project for lesson 1.
What is PBL?
Problem-based learning has been defined as: “A learning method based on using problems as a starting point for acquisition and integration of new knowledge.”
- PBL relies on problems to drive curriculum
- PBL relies on real-life problems, where students act as professionals
- PBL problems are not precise – they are not intended to generate neat answers. In their struggle to find the answer, students will gain essential problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
- There are no single correct or incorrect solutions. Problems are designed so that different appropriate answers might apply – there is never meant to be just one solution
- Teaching staff are facilitators or coaches, and must resist providing solutions (students solve the problems)
- Students are provided with guidance but not answers – they are given guidance in techniques that might be used for problem solving
- Assessment is based upon performance, not upon giving correct answers.
PBL Project Stages
There are commonly three main stages in working through a PBL project:
1 Define the Problem
You need to first grasp the nature and scope of a problem. At this stage you will develop a hypothesis for the question. A hypothesis is an explanation for observed data/information that still has to be tested. For example, you might be given a list of symptoms that a person is suffering from, and told that the person is suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. You might form a hypothesis that the person is suffering these symptoms due to this disorder. Your task will then be to test this hypothesis, to either prove that these symptoms are due to IBS, or to reject the hypothesis.
2 Deal with Relevant Information
You need to access, evaluate and select the most relevant, then utilise what is selected. The four main parts of this stage are:
- Accessing – You can access information via internet searches, online libraries or traditional text books and journals.
- Evaluating – You must consider the following about the information they have found:
- Selecting – You choose the information that you consider the most relevant to your hypothesis or problem question.
- Utilising – Finally, you use the information you have gained to answer the question.
At this stage, you may find you need to change your hypothesis. Using the previous example, you might find that the described symptoms do not indicate IBS.
3 Develop a Solution
You need to construct and present a solution. This will require decision-making, followed by developing detail within the decision and then communicating the solution (eg. perhaps
putting together a paper, report, multi media presentation).
Scope and Duration of PBL Projects
The following three PBL projects should take around 30 hours each, including communications with a tutor or others. Once commenced, each project must be completed within 3 weeks from the starting date.
PBL projects are undertaken as a ‘team’ of two or more people. In the following projects your team will consist of you, your tutor and, in the third project, another person (a friend, relative, colleague or ADL student).
You may interact with your team members in the following ways:
- Via chat facility in the student room
- Via forums in the student room
- Via email
- Over the telephone
- Through face-to-face meetings
- Via fax or mail (postal system)
- A combination of the above.
Some projects will specify how you are to interact with your tutor or other team member.
You will use a range of resources to complete the three projects. Resources may include the ADL Student Room Internet facilities – the online library, student chatroom, student register and the jobs board, etc. Other resources you may choose to utilise include industry contacts, site visits, textbooks, journals, videos, and the internet. All sources must be acknowledged.
You will be assessed on your capacity to work through the problem to a logical conclusion. You are not being assessed on the final report. The report will be part of what shows your education provider that you have worked through the problem in an appropriate way.Your interaction with a tutor, and use of a forum in the student room are also indicators that you have worked through the problem appropriately.
You may use any of a variety of means to present your project. However, you should not spend more than a quarter of the total time allowed for the project on preparing the
presentation. Most students will submit a written presentation, possibly with one or more illustrations. If you have the equipment at hand, and appropriate skills, it is also possible to submit a presentation any other way (eg. Multi-media presentation with PowerPoint or Flash, Video, CD, or DVD).
In addition to presenting your specific findings for each project, the report or presentation must include the following:
- An account of the problem-solving process you experienced
- Your solution
- A list of issues that arose during the project that you either could not deal with or that were not essential to the project
- A list of resources used, including human resources
- An evaluation of your performance, including what you did very well, and what you can improve
- A precise summary of you learned about selecting and using workplace tools, equipment and materials from this project.
This course is taught by:
M.A. (hons) Celtic Studies, (the University of Aberdeen); M.St. Celtic Studies, (the University of Oxford)
Lee is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University with degrees from Aberdeen and Oxford. He has written two books, digitalised another and written several academic papers. He has been interviewed by National Geographic and presented papers at eight different national and international conferences. Lee’s native language is English and, if asked, he is always happy to help students with their English spelling and grammar. He is also a keen proponent of the digital revolution and dreams of a world where all books are available instantly to be read, searched or treasured. Although he mainly writes non-fiction, he loves Victorian literature as well as modern fiction and poetry of all kinds. His academic knowledge of medieval events, cultures and the history of Britain’s environment make him especially qualified to help students interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy.
Benefits of this Module
With so many would-be writers around, publishers can afford to be very choosy. Most will only accept work from writers who have already been published, but getting that first work published can be a daunting and difficult task. Many very good writers just never get published at all.
This module provides our students with just what they need: an opportunity to get work published. On graduation, you will have at least one work published (maybe more) in a publication that you can show to potential employers, which will increase your chances of being employed or published in future.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: email@example.com
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,