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Portfolio work to be completed for Autumn term

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Certificate in Foundation Journalism

 

1.Recording information – 1 credit

 

What have I got to do to pass?

 

To pass this module you will need to understand the importance of recording information in journalism.

 

  • You will need to illustrate you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods of recording information.
  • You will need to show you can record an interview using a phone, voice recorder or shorthand.

 

Portfolio

 

You must produce two pieces of work, one of which may also be presented as part of another module.

 

  1. You must write an article which contains at least one quote or quotes from an interview or interviews which have been accurately recorded. The articles may be a news story or a feature.

You will need to be able to produce accurate, contemporaneous notes or a transcript of your interview.

This piece of work may be used as evidence in other modules.

 

  1. Illustrate with a post online the strengths and weaknesses of various methods of recording information. This can be written as a short article, an infographic, a video or some other form of reporting.

 

  1. How to ask the right questions at an interview – 1 Credit

 

What have I got to do to pass?

To pass this module, you need to illustrate you can carry out basic interviewing techniques. To complete the module you must demonstrate that you can:

 

  • prepare for an interview.
  • find out facts from an interview.
  • find out opinions from an interview.
  • discover key information during an interview.

 

 

Portfolio

You must produce two pieces of work, one of which may also be presented as part of another module.

The two pieces of work need to illustrate that you can effectively interview a person or people.

One piece can be work completed in class.

The interviews can be incorporated into a news story or feature.

Interviews can be conducted in person or by phone but not online.

 

 

  1. How to Research – 1 credit

 

What have I got to do to pass?

 

To pass this module you have to show you have the skills to research a story for publication. You have to illustrate that you can:

 

 

  • ask relevant questions of the people you interview.
  • gauge the level of authority and authenticity of your sources.
  • use a variety of sources such as interviews, press releases, the internet and academic literature.
  • understand the dangers of researching on the internet.
  • ensure the accuracy of information.

 

 

Portfolio work

You must produce two pieces of work, one of which may also be presented as part of another module.

The work may be a news story or a feature.

You need to have used a range of sources, two of which must have been through an original interview. You can also use information gathered from the internet.

You can conduct a vox pop on a current topical subject – you must interview at least 6 people.

 

  1. How to Tell a News Story – 1 Credit

 

What have I got to do to pass?

 

Write a news story. Each of these elements must be illustrated in the story

 

You will be tested on whether your story:

 

  • is written with impact.
  • is written using the inverted pyramid structure.
  • is legally sound.
  • includes a quote or quotes.
  • is suitable for publication.

 

Portfolio

You must produce two pieces of work, one of which may also be presented as part of another module.

 

You must provide two news stories. One can be an exercise carried out in class.

The other will be a news story researched and written independently.

 

  1. Legal considerations for journalists – 2 Credits

What have I got to do to pass?

 

You need to show you understand the basic laws which affect journalists. These are defamation, contempt of court and copyright.

 

To pass this module you need to be able to show you understand the principles governing the following:

 

  • contempt of court and the circumstances in which contempt of court is likely to arise for a journalist.
  • defamation and when defamation is likely to be an issue for a journalist.
  • the difference between libel and slander and how this affects a journalist.
  • copyright in respect of the written word and photograph and when copyright is likely to be an issue for a journalist
  • explain the processes to take if threatened with legal action

 

Portfolio work      

You will be expected to complete three pieces of work carried out in class to illustrate you understand these basic law issues.

 

If you did not complete the class-assessed work, you must complete work outside of class. To pass this module you must complete a presentation or an article of 400 words on each of the laws of;

  1. defamation,
  2. copyright
  3. contempt of court.

 

  1. Taking photographs suitable for publication – 1 credit

What have I got to do to pass?

Produce images suitable for publication online or in print.

 

The images must be:

  • in focus,
  • suitably composed for the medium they will be published in
  • Suitably illustrate the story they accompany.

You will also be expected to:

  • Illustrate you understand the strengths and weaknesses of commonly found digital cameras and formats in use by news organisations.
  • Prepare a photograph for publication on a website using a commonly found software programme.
  • Explain how to prepare photographs for print publication.

 

Portfolio

You will need to present three good images suitable for print for each type of photo. They must include:

 

A head and shoulders portrait

A group photo

A news scene

 

 

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