This lively, practical and hands-on course immerses students in the world of journalism, teaching them both the fundamental skills of the trade alongside the new tools of digital-age media.
Taught by a team of highly experienced professional journalists who bring current real-world experience to bear on every class, the programme focuses on developing journalistic instincts and abilities in newsroom-based practical sessions. The programme is divided into four modules: News Reporting, Digital Journalism, Features, Magazine & Lifestyle Journalism and Media Law.
This course provides students with a challenging, hands-on training in journalism for the digital age. It addresses such issues as how quality journalism can be maintained in the age of hyper-media coverage; how a commitment to the truth and the standards of journalism can be protected from the voracious demands of news on the internet; how in-depth, insightful and painstakingly researched investigations can survive in an era of 24/7 news coverage.
From the first class, there is an emphasis on the importance of writing clear, crisp, conscise copy. The programme aims to produce journalists who understand the needs of diverse media producers and consumers, the legal and ethical parameters of the profession and the opportunities offered by new media for freelance and staff journalists to build their own brand.
Meet the Lecturers
Karen McManus is a journalist with over 15 years’ national newspaper experience. She covered news, politics and current affairs for 10 years at News International in London, and contributes to a range of Irish and international newspapers and magazines. She has a strong background in investigative journalism and is the author of None Shall Divide Us. Karen teaches the News Reporting module on the programme.
Henry McDonald is Ireland Correspondent for The Guardian and The Observer and brings his experience of operating on the new frontiers of journalism to this course. Blogging, tweeting and podcasting are part of his everyday journalistic routine. Henry is a former correspondent with the BBC, The Sunday Times, Evening Press, and Irish News and has extensive experience in print, radio and television journalism, covering conflicts including the 1991 Gulf War, the Troubles in Northern Ireland and Lebanon. He is the author of seven books. Henry teaches the Digital Journalism module on the programme.
Lizzie Gore Grimes
Lizzie Gore Grimes has been working in magazine publishing in Ireland and internationally for over 12 years. She worked for Condé Nast in London and Cape Town before returning to Ireland where she worked as Deputy Editor of Food and Wine magazine and then as editor of Cara, the Aer Lingus in-flight magazine. She works as an editor with Image Publications and is a regular contributor to Cara, Intermezzo, Food and Wine, Irish Tatler, Irish Brides, and a range of other publications. She is the Chair Elect of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild. Lizzie teaches the Lifestyle and Magazine Journalism module on the programme.
Aoife Carrigy is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in food,wine, travel and arts journalism. She was deputy editor of Food & Wine magazine from 2006-2010. She is a regular contributor to The Irish Times, Irish Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, Evening Herald, Irish Tatler, Cara, Village, Totally Dublin, The Dubliner and The Event Guide. She runs the food blog www.holymackerel.ie. Aoife teaches on Lifestyle, Magazine and Freelance Journalism module on the programme.
Paula Mullooly is a Partner at Simon McAleese Solicitors, advising Irish and international clients on media law. She has acted in some of the most high-profile media litigation in this jurisdiction including the first Irish media law case to be brought before the European Court of Human Rights. She was a Government-appointed member of the Working Group on Defamation, advising the Government on the Heads of a Defamation Bill to reform the Law of Defamation in Ireland. She is Chair of the Censorship of Publications Appeals Board and a member of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
Course Start Date
One evening per week from 6:30pm-9:30pm for 20 weeks.
The Institute of Commercial Management
Phone: 01-672 5058
Full Time: n/a
Part Time: €1,650 ( Payment plan options available- Please call 01 672 5058 for details)
Module: News Reporting
- News sense: what makes stories newsworthy and how to develop your news instincts
- Newsgathering and sources: how and where journalists source information
- Building your contacts
- Language of news: angles, readerships, and the unique vocabulary of news reporting
- Structure and form of news stories
- Quotations, reported speech, press releases
- Objectivity, balance and accuracy
- Interviewing for news
Module: Digital Journalism
- Blogging: how blogs are changing the face of political, sports and entertainment journalism
- Social Networks: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram – journalism’s new toolkit
- Robohacks: how journalists become multi-taskers, writing, blogging, podcasting, tweeting and filming
- The old and the new: in the brave new world of social networking, wikileaks and citizen journalism, we still need to get it right. Libel, source checks and fact checks in the digital age
Module: Lifestyle, Magazine and Freelance Journalism
- Feature formats and magazine methods: the most commonly used features in journalism and the tricks and techniques used in magazine packages
- Feature writing: structure, research and holding your readers
- Making it flow: how to bring facts, interviews, and context together to form compelling narratives
- Lifestyle journalism: writing for gendered magazines, popular culture, leisure and lifestyle
- Pitching your ideas: what do editors want and how do you persuade them that you have it?
- Survival of the freelance: how to earn a living and make the most of your work
Module: Media Law
- Freedom of expression
- Court reporting
- Privacy and the public interest
- Copyright & data protection
- Media regulation
What We Offer
- Highly experienced teaching team comprised of working journalists and professionals
- Current real-world insight into the world of journalism and media
- Hands-on programme with practical workshop sessions throughout
- Classes taught in a dedicated journalism newsroom
- On-campus library
- Student intranet and college-wide WIFI
- On-campus café
- Central location
- Installment-based payment plans