UNISA Short Course in Community Journalism for Beginners



UNISA Short Course in Community Journalism for Beginners

University of South Africa Short Course in Community Journalism for Beginners



 

Short Course in Community Journalism for Beginners (70106)

 

Purpose

The certificate course is aimed at the development of knowledge, the application of that knowledge, critical thinking and the general understanding of the field of community journalism. The purpose of the qualification is to equip students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills for journalism in general and community journalism specifically.
 



Target group

Aspiring journalists
 

Admission requirements

Senior Certificate or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification
 



Duration

Six months
 

Language medium

English
 

Registration periods

January and July
Registration forms are available from Ms van Heerden
 

Tuition method

UNISA open distance learning and one two-day workshop
 

Kind of assessment

Note:
Formative assessment and examination admission will comply with UNISA’s formative assessment rules and policies
Formative assessment:
Assignment/case study
Summative assessment:
Three-hour exam
 



Community Journalism for Beginners (CJFB01G)
Syllabus/Content Topics

The short course consists of two sections dealing with the principles and practice of community journalism. Topics include the basic theoretical principles of journalism; ethics and press freedom; different types of community media and areas of reporting; the organisation, characteristics, role and functions of community journalism; the interviewing process; the writing and editing of news reports; newspaper design, typography, photographs and layout; modern newspaper production and entrepreneurship. A case study of a community newspaper is also provided.
 

Course leader

Ms M M van Heerden MLitt et Phil (Journalism)
Discipline expertise: Worked as journalist, currently lecturer in Communication Science
Centre for Communication Sciences
Office 7-084, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 6320
Fax: 012 429 3346
E-mail: vheermm1@unisa.ac.za
 
 

Programme administrator(s)


Ms A Vermeulen NDAdmin (Unisa)
Department of Communication Science
Office 7-077, Theo van Wijk Building, UNISA
Tel: 012 429 6016
Fax: 012 429 3346
E-mail: vermea@unisa.ac.za