English for Journalists: Free Speech and Media Trends | UC BerkeleyX on edX | Course About Video

English for Journalists: Free Speech and Media Trends | UC BerkeleyX on edX | Course About Video


MAGGIE SOKOLIK: Hi, I’m Maggie
Sokolik, the coordinator of English for Journalists. We have a really
exciting program for you, whether you’re a working journalist
or a student of journalism hoping to improve their English. This course was developed through the US
Department of State, Voice of America, and lots of educators
across southeastern Europe. In this course you’re going to learn
about issues that affect journalists globally, how to communicate
better by improving your grammar and your vocabulary, how
to write effective news stories that really communicate with an
audience, and finally, we’ll talk a lot about the
ethics of journalism and what it means to be fair
to different populations. This course is divided into
two five-week sections. The first part of the
course will cover the job of the journalist,
inclusive journalism– that is, how do you write
about populations that are different from yourself– citizen
journalism– what happens when citizens have cameras or phones in
their hand and are reporting stories– ethics in journalism,
and local vs. global journalism. During the second part of the course
we have some really exciting topics to talk about. For example, free speech, sports
writing, humor and satire, science and technology,
and we’ll finish up by talking about the future of
journalism and media trends. As you can see, we have a lot of
exciting topics to cover in ten weeks. We really hope you’ll join us. Thanks.

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