Campus Journalism

What is journalism?

Journalism is the timely reporting of events at the local, provincial, national and international levels. Reporting involves the gathering of information through interviewing and research, the results of which are turned into a fair and balanced story for publication or for television or radio broadcast.

Journalism is not just

  • fact-finding

  • media analysis

  • opinion writing, or

  • commentary

although all of those aspects can play a part at times.

What do beginning journalists do?

Journalists who are starting their careers normally do not do commentary or opinion pieces. Rather, they cover hard news stories such as community news, courts, crime, sports, and speeches by notable people. In broadcast, beginning journalists also may do pre-interviews and research for senior journalists.

An entry-level reporter often does “general assignment” stories rather than stories for a specific beat. General assignment stories are given out to reporters by the city desk or assignment editor.

[http://www.fims.uwo.ca/journalism/what-is-journalism.htm]


Here are the elements of journalism:

Sports Writing

Editorial Writing

News Writing

Feature Writing

Photojournalism

Copyreading & Headline Writing

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