- News Sense: The Building Blocks of News
- Self-Directed Course
- Time Estimate:
- News Sense takes about an hour to complete.
About Self-Directed Courses
In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.
News Sense explores the basic building blocks of news stories. You’ll examine the who, what, when, where, why and how of events and see how the answers to those questions shape news coverage.
All news stories should meet a set of professional standards: fairness, accuracy, context and truthfulness. In the five sections of this course, you’ll learn what makes an event or idea a news story; skills to report and confirm information; techniques for turning jargon into clear writing; and the essentials of writing leads that draw readers into stories. You’ll get a chance to apply what you’ve learned through interactive games and quizzes throughout the course.
What Will I Learn:
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
- Judge the newsworthiness of stories
- Verify facts using multiple sources
- Clarify information for yourself, readers and viewers
- Build a strong foundation for any news story
Who should take this course:
Anyone who wants to understand the building blocks of the news and how journalists use these building blocks.
Mary Ann Hogan is a former writing coach who now teaches rhetoric and critical thinking at Florida Atlantic University.
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- you set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
- you use a high speed connection