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R5,495.00
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Broadcast Journalism

 

Welcome to the Broadcast Journalism Course at SA Writers College.


This course introduces the student to the wonderful and challenging world of journalism, from radio and television to broadcast media. A career in journalism is an adventure even though it can have its hazards. We will help you understand how to write for the different media, how to research and interview and how to package your stories. All with expert guidance from our award winning tutor Ed Richardson.

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“The course had a very good balance between theory and practice. Ed was very helpful, insightful, motivating and eager to see me succeed. His feedback was honest and constructive and he has remained interested in my progress beyond completion of the course.”

Roshni Gajjar, Broadcast Journalism Course

 

 

 

Course Details:


 

Students must complete:


 

Admission Requirements:


 
  • Modules: 10 Modules
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace within five months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round
  • Ten writing exercises with feedback on each
  • Short features, two full news reports and scripts
  • Basic writing skills are essential
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required
  • No previous tertiary qualification required

 

Tutor for this course:


 
Ed-Richardson-Ed Richardson started working as a freelance journalist while studying for his B.Journ at Rhodes University during the 1970s. His career has covered all forms of journalism and most subjects. He has worked as a field reporter and editor in the print, radio, television and online media.

Read more about Ed here.

 
 
 
 

 

Course Curriculum


 

Module 1 - What is broadcast journalism?

  • Top questions about working as a broadcast journalist
  • Assignment: Analysing a news report


Module 2 - Getting the story

  • Getting the story
  • The essential ingredients of news
  • News agencies: providing visuals
  • Turning an idea into a story
  • Assignment: Finding contacts; writing a news report


Module 3 - Writing for broadcast: The basic news story - An introduction

  • The components of a news story
  • The unique structure of a story for broadcast
  • Qualities of writing for broadcast journalism
  • Assignment: Analysing news reports


Module 4 - Interviewing skills

  • The importance of the interview
  • The four basic interviews
  • The Vox Pop
  • Assignment: Assessing interviews; recording a Vox Pop


Module 5 - Writing for radio: Part one

  • Appreciating the medium of radio and podcasts
  • The work of the radio reporter: some typical scenarios
  • Three main types of radio news reports
  • Writing the radio news story
  • Assignment: Coming up with a radio news story


Module 6 - Writing for radio: The packaged feature & Podcasts

  • The ABC of writing for radio
  • The radio news package feature
  • What is a Podcast?
  • Assignment: Producing a packaged feature for radio, or a podcast for radio


Module 7 - Introducing television

  • Introducing the medium of television
  • Reporting for television news
  • Working with the TV crew
  • Writing the story
  • Assignment: Writing TV stories


Module 8 -  Writing features for TV

  • What is a news feature?
  • Features for TV
  • Camera techniques and tips
  • Assignment: Working on a packaged feature for TV


Module 9 - Editing your TV package

  • What is editing?
  • Tips for editing VO and VOSOT
  • Assignment: Editing the packaged feature for TV


Module 10 - The life of a professional journalist

  • Pertinent questions about the broadcast industry
  • Assignment: Submitting the packaged feature for TV

 

 



 

“ I had an amazing experience with the SA Writers College. The support I received from the College and especially Ed my tutor, was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, fair and humorous. I found his feedback, patience and overall encouragement to be invaluable. He gave me firm guidance in a way that pushed me to find my excellence. SA Writers College gave me an opportunity to develop myself, my talent, and my skill in doing work I love.”

Arlene Claire Kemp, Broadcast Journalism Course

 
 
 

 

How does the course work?

 

Detailed class notes covering the content of each module are e-mailed to students.

At the end of each module, students will be required to complete one or two writing exercises. In total, the course includes twelve assignments, all of which count towards the final result of the student.

Once the  assignments have been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete. Students can also participate in ongoing online discussions by posting comments about the materials covered in the course or other issues pertaining to writing in the college blog.


 

Conditions of Certification:

Students will receive an SA Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all 12 assignments
  • The course must have been completed within five months of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course
 

Minimum Estimated Time Commitment:

 
  • Reading time: 15 hours
  • Writing time: up to 25 hours
  • Research time: 10 - 25 hours, depending on the complexity of the selected topics for writing.
 


Need more advice about the best course for you?

We would love to chat to you if you have any questions about our writing courses.

If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos or Nichola a call at 021 813 9224. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in South Africa and internationally.

 
 


Enrol for the course here

 


Read what past-students say about this course



“I had an amazing experience with the SA Writers College. The support I received from the College and especially Ed my tutor, was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, fair and humorous. I found his feedback, patience and overall encouragement to be invaluable. He gave me firm guidance in a way that pushed me to find my excellence. SA Writers College gave me an opportunity to develop myself, my talent, and my skill in doing work I love.” Arlene Claire Kemp, Broadcast Journalism Course

“I really enjoyed my experience on the course. My tutor was helpful, kind and generous. It was the second course I have completed with the SA Writers College. I appreciate the broad range of subjects and the variety of tutors they offer. Variety is the spice of life.” Frances Aron, Broadcast Journalism Course

 “The course had a very good balance between theory and practice. Ed was very helpful, insightful, motivating and eager to see me succeed. His feedback was honest and constructive and he has remained interested in my progress beyond completion of the course. The course has given me a great platform to practically make a start in the field of Broadcast Journalism.” Roshni Gajjar, Broadcast Journalism Course



 

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