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“I am deeply interested in the progress and elevation of journalism, having spent my life in that profession, regarding it as a noble profession and one of unequalled importance for its influence upon the minds and morals of the people.” Joseph Pulitzer – journalist, publisher, and founder of the Pulitzer Prizes.
The course will look at broadcast as well as print journalism, and the increasingly relevant world of online news. The course will consider journalism from a global perspective, exploring issues and events from around the world, and the diversity of nationalities in attendance on the course will help to bring this global perspective to life.
The course combines analysis of the theories behind journalism with practical guidance on writing and approaches to journalistic technique. Consequently, assessment will take two forms: students will produce their own article from a range of options and will also analyse a publication, considering its style, target audience and editorial tone, and producing a ‘pen portrait’ of a typical reader. They will consider how writing can inform, educate and entertain, and how best to write for different purposes and audiences. Profile and travel writing will be addressed alongside comment and news pieces.
In the second week students will be placed into small groups with a view to producing their own print magazine. This will educate students about all the processes of journalism, from writing to publication, while developing skills in teamwork and collaboration. Finally, the course will provide invaluable experience for students who are interested in embarking on a future career in journalism, teaching them about the day-to-day reality of a journalist’s work and providing some career guidance for this competitive field.
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of journalism by developing their ability to respond critically to a wide range of journalistic media. It is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the field and those who aim to pursue a career in journalism. Over two weeks, students will have the opportunity to hone the writing skills necessary for excellent journalistic practice whilst being exposed to the ethical and legal issues affecting contemporary journalism.
Classes will look at the challenges facing today’s international journalist, and cover the differing ways in which religion, science, and the economy are reported. In the second week, a formal debate on the topic of press freedom will hone students’ public speaking and presentation skills, drawing on UK case studies such as the phone hacking scandal and the subsequent Leveson enquiry. Students will consider how much regulation the media should have and the moral duties to which journalists should be subject.
This subject is part of the Broadening Horizons course at Oxford Royale Summer Schools’s Oxford summer school.
The Broadening Horizons course, for students aged 16 to 18, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 30+ study options are available!
Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying Broadening Horizons in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.
Students will need to have an enthusiasm for both the written word and current affairs, and should expect to write a lot both inside and outside the classroom.
Students should come to the course having already familiarised themselves with a range of news reporting styles in their own country and in the English-speaking world. Students interested in this class may wish to read the following text before arrival, though it is by no means essential:
The Universal Journalist, by David Randall
The Broadening Horizons programme - our flagship Oxford summer course - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs
To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main Broadening Horizons Programme page
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