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New summer course in journalism lanched

2020-05-05 | NEW COURSE

The demand for journalism and communication is especially apparent in times of crisis. This summer, journalism at KOM launches a new summer course for anyone interested in discussing and producing content characterized by credibility and quality by applying journalistic tools and media ethics.

With our new distance learning English language course, Journalistic tools and media ethics: Online opportunities and risks in times of crisis, we reach out to professionals and students in Sweden and other countries.

– The participants will use journalistic tools to produce trustworthy and relevant content. We will also address media ethics and source criticism to tackle myths and rumours, says Ola Isaksson, course coordinator and lecturer.

During the five week long course (7,5 ECTS) participants will take part in lectures from teachers in journalism at KOM, as well as other media professionals. The participants will also get training in how to produce editorial content, such as pictures and text.

The new course is part of the ongoing strategic development of journalism at KOM and Lund University.

– We observe how the interest in journalism, fact-checking, and media ethics is growing in different parts of society. The ongoing pandemic and the climate crisis have made this especially clear. We are very much looking forward to offering a course to reach out further, says Andreas Mattsson, programme director in journalism.

Course contents

The rapid digitalisation of societies has created new online habits all over the world. This has enabled new possibilities and challenges for journalists, other media professionals but also organisations and companies who want to create an impact locally, nationally and internationally.

In this course, the participants will examine how journalists and others can benefit from and create content for online platforms, social media, and real-time journalism. We address challenges in media ethics, disinformation and how to avoid misinformation. The course also discusses the need for diversity within newsrooms and other workplaces, providing students with strategies on how to raise their awareness and develop their ability to cover multiethnic society.

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