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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsHello and a warm welcome to our week one of our introduction to journalism. This week we'll begin to learn some of the basics of doing journalism. And we'll hear from professionals around the world of what makes a good new story. Then we'll hear from our colleague at Strathclyde, Dr Petya Eckler, on the values that drive news coverage, those factors that determine what becomes news and what doesn't. We'll also hear about the five Ws of journalism-- the who, what, where, when, and why. We'll also learn some researching and interviewing skills, the basic building blocks of good reporting. The lessons you'll learn this session will carry you through the six weeks to come.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 secondsAnd because whether it's soft news, investigative, or political news, good research, good recognition of news values is essential to good journalism. I do hope you enjoy the week.

Welcome to week one

In week one, you will begin by learning some of the basics of doing journalism.

You’ll begin by discussing and hearing from professionals about what a news story is and what makes a good news story. Then you’ll hear a short theoretical lecture from Dr Eckler on the factors, which drive news coverage. These factors are called news values and they determine what event becomes news and what doesn’t.

You’ll also hear about the way journalists look for answers, which is by trying to answer the questions of the 5Ws: Who, What, When, Where, Why.

Good journalism is about stellar researching and interviewing skills. This is how news stories are created and therefore, research and interviewing are the basic building blocks of good reporting. You’ll learn from the best practices of journalists from around the world and at the end of the week you’ll get to apply what you’ve learnt on your own.

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Introduction to Journalism

University of Strathclyde