Diploma in Journalism
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Diploma in Journalism
Classroom based or online
Next course commencing:
28 January 2020
10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm
Interested in a career in Journalism?
This 10 week diploma in Journalism is designed for those who are passionate about great journalism. Commencing in February, April and September each year, the programme is offered from City Colleges’ premises in South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2, as well as online throughout the country.
Journalism is more than a job. It is a passion, a life, a life’s work of engaging with the world. Journalists are not mere ‘processors of information’. They are also observers, interpreters, analysts, writers – and occasionally are called upon to be philosophers and poets as well! Reporting reality means more than just regurgitating someone else’s words or perspectives. It means giving the reader an insight into the event, person or phenomenon through the only eyes, ears and emotional apparatus that is available to you – your own. This means placing yourself at the centre of the story, issue or situation, even if you never actually use the word “I” or “me”. The great journalists have in common the understanding that there is no such thing as “objectivity”, that the world is best understood by the human head and heart, and that the subjective position before reality is the one that other people are most interested in. The best journalists are those who leave aside bogus notions of detachment and become protagonists in the things they write about.
If you are interested in learning how to become a newspaper columnist, how to develop a print persona, how to translate your engagement with the world into great copy, how to develop your ideas and make them live on the page, this course is for you. If you would like to know about the politics and ideologies of journalism, and how to protect your unique perspective in a context that is often
hostile to difference and dissent, then look no further.
The Diploma in Journalism syllabus includes the following modules;
- Introduction to Journalism/Ways of getting started
- The Importance of a Passionate engagement with reality
- Developing a distinctive subjectivity
- Translating your perspectives into a creative journalism
- The different media disciplines: news reporting, feature writing, Broadcast journalism
- Use of language and writing style
- Interviewing techniques
- The importance of thinking for yourself and generating original ideas
- Great Journalism, Great Journalists: the importance of avoiding the obvious
- Staying within the law
- How to win the Web for good writing
- Writing journalistic books
- Creating alternative journalism for a new Ireland
Brenda Power has been in journalism for 36 years, since entering the Rathmines College of Commerce journalism course, then the only one in the country, in 1980. She worked for the Irish Press and Sunday Press, initially as a news reporter, later as a feature writer and columnist, and then moved to the Sunday Tribune as a reporter, feature writer, and columnist. Brenda worked as a presenter/reporter in RTE on the series Would You Believe, and also for two years as presenter of Crime Call. In radio, she stood in for Marian Finucane and Joe Duffy, as well as presenting several series of shows of her own, including a daily live interview series and a Sunday morning moral maze-type programme called The Grey Area. Brenda worked for Newstalk for two years presenting a daily morning phone-in show. She has worked for The Sunday Times for 13 years as a columnist, and for the Irish Daily Mail, also as a columnist, for 10 years. Brenda was called to the Bar in 1996 and is currently working as a barrister as well as a journalist and occasional broadcaster. Most recently, she presented two series of The Media Show on RTE Radio 1.
(€1,095 if paying in instalments)
Online course: €895
(€995 if paying in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295
A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded.
Students must attend at least 80% of classes to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. If completing the course online, attendance and participation are tracked through Moodle.
The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.
Why City Colleges?
- Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
- Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
- City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
- Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
- Limited class size
“The Diploma in Journalism course at City Colleges was a fantastic experience. The lecturing team created an encouraging environment where people can once again rediscover their own enthusiasms and energy, or tap into it for the first time as the case may be.
They shared their experiences, opinions, views, values, knowledge in an industry where far too many seek to exclude in order to protect their own positions. It was hugely encouraging to discover someone within the industry with so much decency and appetite to help others, even in a broad sense beyond the course itself. Our tutors were able to reach each of us as individuals, to cater and allow for the different personalities and help get the best from each of us. Creating such an environment of empowering and equipping trust is not easy to achieve.”