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Honoursmodule: Community Journalism: Telling Global Stories in Local Contexts

How does the news media operate today? What is the role of the free press in a democratic society? And what ethical dilemmas beset many journalists as they try to navigate an increasingly digital, global, frenetic news cycle? 

This course examines the theory and practice of (local) journalism, engaging with (local) communities and exploring the idea of a “community” to teach students the foundational tools for news writing and reporting and to obtain a more panoramic sense of how the news media operates today, the role of the free press in a democratic society, the vicissitudes of journalism in an age of rising scepticism and the ethical dilemmas that beset many journalists as they try to navigate an increasingly digital, global, frenetic news cycle.  

In this hands-on, experiential course students will conduct in-depth reporting and practice telling stories of a range of local and (inter)national topics in a range of journalistic styles. The core activities of news gathering and production will be supplemented with lectures, readings, in-class activities and discussions, and guest speakers. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with and pitch their work to professional news outlets. The course will culminate with an intensively reported enterprise project that exemplifies how local journalism can serve as a paradigm for exploring the global issues of the day. We will also turn a critical eye on journalistic norms and received wisdoms.  

As this is a hands-on, collaborative, writing- and reading-intensive class, students will be expected to actively participate and commit time in and out of class to reading, research, writing, and editing.  

Timetable

You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Registration

Registration is possible for bachelor students participating in an Honours programme. Registration for the Honours courses will start on 6 June at 10 am and end on 11 June at 11 pm. You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS (registration is NOT through SIS). Placement is random and students will hear within two weeks for which course(s) they are registered. There is no guarantee for placement if you register after 11 June, so make sure you register on time! 

For questions about registration, please email to: Honours-iis@uva.nl 

More information

Facts & Figures
Mode
Honours programme
Credits
6 ECTS,
Language of instruction
English
Starts in
September