Course: Journalism

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Course title Journalism
Course code KAJ/AZV
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Klapcsik Sándor, Ph.D.
  • Vernyik Zénó, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Week 1 24. 2. Introduction and Overview Week 2 3. 3. History of Journalism Week 3 10. 3. The Journalist's Role. Objectivity and Fairness. Ethics and Law. Week 4 17. 3. Getting the Story. Telling the Story. Editing the Story. Week 5 24. 3. Students' Presentations on Selected Types of Articles: Review, Interview, News Story Week 6 31. 3. Students' Presentations on Selected Types of Articles: Essay, Opinion Column, Feature Story Week 7 7. 4. Students' Presentations on Selected Types of Articles: How-To Article, Research Article Week 8 14. 4. Critical Thinking. Logical Fallacies. Week 9 21. 4. Freedom of Speech. Censorship. Week 10 28. 4. Peer Assessment of Selected Articles Week 11 5. 5. Peer Assessment of Selected Articles Week 12 12. 5. Peer Assessment of Selected Articles Week 13 19. 5. Peer Assessment of Selected Articles Week 14 26. 5. Final Refinements and Completion of the Students' Magazine Exam period 31. 5. - 2. 7. Oral Assessment Note: the syllabus may be modified according to students' needs.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments), Project teaching, Practicum, E-learning, Students' portfolio
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 15 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 17 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the principles and techniques of writing newspaper articles. Students are thus involved in processes of the preparation, writing, evaluation, refinement, and editing of journal articles. The course also introduces different types of journalistic styles. Students are expected to contribute to the students' magazine.
Basic elements of journalism.
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of the English Language.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Systematické pozorování studenta, Presentation of group work, Written assignment

During the shutdown, all teaching will be ONLINE in the form of live stream classes (via Google Meet) in combination with self-study in the e-learning course (Moodle). Attendance: Compulsory, 2 absences allowed Forms of communication: email, Moodle Forum, individual online consultations Assessment: The credit will be awarded to students who have attended all classes (two absences allowed). Absences must be excused by email. participated in all class activities viewed and studied regularly the material provided on Moodle submitted their presentation on a selected topic and an article in a publishable form by the due date passed the oral assessment (based on the areas covered in class and the Moodle course)
Recommended literature
  • Flanagan, B.G. and A. Raims. Keys for Writers: A Brief Handbook. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.
  • Bennett, Bo. Logically Fallacious: The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies. Sudbury, MA: Archieboy Holdings, 2020.
  • Capaldi, Nicholas, and Miles Smit. The Art of Deception: An Introduction to Critical Thinking. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2019.
  • Cory, H. Advanced Writing with English in Use. Oxford University Press, 1996.
  • Cottrell, S. The Study Skills Handbook. Macmillan Press Ltd., 1999.
  • Cottrell, Stella. Critical Thinking Skills: Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection. New York: Macmillan, 2017.
  • Evans, Julie A. The Craft of Writing: Journalism. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2012.
  • Ferguson, Donald L. et al. Glencoe Journalism Today. Columbus, OH: Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2005.
  • Channel. J. Vague Language. Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Macpherson, R. Základy anglické stylistiky. Academia, Praha, 1997.
  • Maskell, Vin, and Gina Perry. Write to Publish. St Leonards, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 1999.
  • Mulderig, G.P. and L. Elsbree. The Heath Handbook. 12th ed.. D.C. Heath and Company, USA, 1990.
  • Otto, B. and M. Otto. Sledujeme zpravodajství v angličtině. Fragment, 1995.
  • Potter, Deborah. Handbook of Independent Journalism. Washington, DC: Bureau of International Information Programs USDS, 2006.
  • Ricketson, Matthew. Writing Feature Stories: How to Research and Write Newspaper and Magazine Articles. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 2004.
  • Strunk, W. and E.B. White. The Element of Style. MacMillan Publishing, Inc., 1979.


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