Journalism is frequently painted as something adventurous, maybe even exciting and sometimes dangerous. Certainly it can be all of those. By and large however, it is a career that involves a lot of long hours. Some hours come with not much to do, but by far the majority with far too much, in too short a time frame. The tyranny of deadlines is a work hazard not common to many careers.

To be objective is one of the first rules of journalism. There are always a number of perspectives from which to view the same piece of information. The ability to tease out “truth” from the morass of data crossing your path is paramount.

It is not a venture for the faint-hearted! Having said that, there are many facets of journalism of which the general public has little awareness. This course will look at the most common four, and examine the particular nuances of English that need to be familiar to be articulate in each of them.

Obviously a high level of English language understanding and ability are prerequisites. Your audience will expect you to be correct with everything you write, script or report. Skilled research ability is a must. This means a little more than being able to use Google, Baidu or Wikipedia.

There are as many different types of journalism as there are media to which they apply. The advent of electronic media has changed the face of journalism forever. This in no way reduces the diversity of media for which to write. It just requires amended methods and presentation. Many people still prefer the feel of glossy magazines to derive their entertainment and enjoyment. Print media is a long way from finished. One must be aware of the variety in, and the changes to the media marketplace.   

Finally, if you have an inquiring mind, and a skill with language (even if it needs a little honing) journalism may be for you. This introductory course can be designed to suit specific applications, of can be aimed at learning general journalism.

An example of a published article by Duncan follows: