About The Course

Are you a budding journalist? Introduction to Journalism examines the key journalism practices and procedures of journalism and reportage. This free online journalism course looks at how to identify a newsworthy story, how to research a story and how to conduct interviews in order to elicit the information you need to prepare a fair and balanced news report. You will learn about feature writing, how to write an engaging feature story, the different types of features, the four parts of an editorial and the different approaches to editorial titles. This course also looks at ethics in journalism and how to avoid conflicts of interest.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will have a clear understanding of the following:

  • The different type of journalists
  • The main criteria for a newsworthy story
  • How to develop a system for fact-checking and research
  • How to perform an interview
  • The different types of feature stories
  • Define and construct an editorial
  • How to use quotes and attributions correctly in a news story
  • How to avoid conflicts of interest
  • The different workflows, roles, and responsibilities in a newsroom

Course Format

Free, self-paced, online course with assessment

Course Duration

2 -3 hours


To qualify for your official ALISON Diploma, Certificate or PDF you must study and complete all modules and score 80% or more in each of the course assessments Read more about this program on the ALISON website here

Program taught in:
  • English

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