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A Reporter’s Toolkit for the Digital Age

Learn essential skills and useful tools to help you become a reporter in a social media and digital era.

A Reporter’s Toolkit for the Digital Age

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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Enhance your skills as a news reporter

With so much of our news now consumed online, it’s important to know how digital journalism differs from traditional forms.

On this four-week course, you’ll increase your understanding of the essential ingredients for good reporting and how to apply this to online journalism.

This practical course will take you through a variety of exercises including how to pick the best stories for different target audiences, how to write a news story from information and quotes, and writing other forms of journalism to build your skills.

Explore the value of community news

You’ll examine what it means to have different communities reflected in the news and the impact this has on society.

Drawing from your own experiences, you’ll discuss how far you have seen various communities represented in the news before learning how reporters create this type of story.

You’ll also have the opportunity to create a story about your community or area of special interest.

Examine the power of social media in reporting and journalism

Social media has undoubtedly changed the way we report and consume news.

You’ll explore how news platforms use social media in reporting and what makes an engaging post without being ‘clickbait’.

As well as this, you’ll examine how news outlets use social media to pick up stories, interviewees, and case studies.

Explore the realms of digital journalism

Finally, you’ll explore the power of the personal story.

You’ll examine the attraction and also the danger of people telling their own stories before taking the opportunity to create your own piece of personalised journalism.

What topics will you cover?

  • Essential ingredients for good reporting
  • Developing news judgement
  • Reflections on different communities being represented in the news
  • Power of social media
  • Impartiality and personal news stories

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Summarise the essential ingredients of good reporting
  • Develop news judgement
  • Reflect on different communities being represented in the news
  • Discuss the power of social media
  • Explore impartiality and personal news stories

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in media reporting.

It will be of particular interest if you are an aspiring journalist or writer.

If you want to further your subject knowledge, you may also be interested in these courses. They’re from the same provider and share similar overall learning outcomes:

Who developed the course?

The University of Kent

The University of Kent, the UK’s European university, is one of the country’s most dynamic universities. Established in 1965, it now has 19,850 students studying at its various campuses.

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  • Discuss your learning in comments
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Buy this course

$79/one-off payment

Fulfill your current learning need

  • Access to this course
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
  • Printed and digital certificate when you’re eligible

Limited access

Free

Sample the course materials

  • Access expires 26 Oct 2022

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