THE ROLE OF THE JOURNALIST Journalism basics Image by Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>To inform the public debate so that the audience can make educated choices </li></ul>Im...
The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>To deliver facts ... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verified </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attribut...
The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>To find stories that... </li></ul><ul><li>Had it not been for you, the world would neve...
The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>Simple questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What ? </li></ul...
The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>Uncovering information that had it not been for you, the world would never have known <...
<ul><li>What is our role? </li></ul>Why be a journalist?
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>The desire to write </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You are not there to impress your audience but to s...
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>The desire to influence for good </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some journalists want to be servants o...
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>The desire for knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curiosity is a vital ingredient for any journa...
<ul><li>What does it take? </li></ul>Why be a journalist?
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>An interest in life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You must be interested in the world around you </li...
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Love of language </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You cannot be a great journalist without having a love...
<ul><li>The mind of a journalist </li></ul>Why be a journalist?
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Alert and ordered </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People trust journalists with facts.  </li></ul></ul>...
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Suspicious mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You will be given information for many reasons  </li></...
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Determination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You often have to ask hard questions and risk upsetting p...
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Polite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to be able to get on well with all sorts of people.  </...
Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Honest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be there when you say you will </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only r...
What is a journalist? <ul><li>The module uses material from The News Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Media Helping Media has been...
<ul><li>The source of the following material in this module </li></ul>Media Helping Media
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This training module has been written for journalism students preparing for a career in the media. It is written using material from The News Manual and Media Helping Media.

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  1. 1. THE ROLE OF THE JOURNALIST Journalism basics Image by Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  2. 2. The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>To inform the public debate so that the audience can make educated choices </li></ul>Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  3. 3. The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>To deliver facts ... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verified </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attributed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sourced </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tested </li></ul></ul><ul><li>That’s all.... </li></ul>Image generated by Images Graphics Pics.com
  4. 4. The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>To find stories that... </li></ul><ul><li>Had it not been for you, the world would never have known. </li></ul>Image by Media Helping Media released under Creative Commons
  5. 5. The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>Simple questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How ? </li></ul></ul>Image generated by Images Graphics Pics.com
  6. 6. The Role Of The Journalist <ul><li>Uncovering information that had it not been for you, the world would never have known </li></ul>Image courtesy of Matthew Saunders released under Creative Commons
  7. 7. <ul><li>What is our role? </li></ul>Why be a journalist?
  8. 8. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>The desire to write </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You are not there to impress your audience but to serve their needs </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of courosa released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  9. 9. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>The desire to influence for good </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some journalists want to be servants of the people and information channels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some want to be public interpreters of events </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of betsyweber released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  10. 10. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>The desire for knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Curiosity is a vital ingredient for any journalist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most journalists tend to know a little bit about a lot of things, rather than a lot about one subject. </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of Valerie Everett released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  11. 11. <ul><li>What does it take? </li></ul>Why be a journalist?
  12. 12. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>An interest in life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You must be interested in the world around you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must want to find things out and share your discoveries with your readers or listeners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You should have a broad range of interests </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of JanneM released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  13. 13. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Love of language </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You cannot be a great journalist without having a love of language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must understand the meaning and flow of words and enjoy using them </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of zandwacht released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  14. 14. <ul><li>The mind of a journalist </li></ul>Why be a journalist?
  15. 15. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Alert and ordered </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People trust journalists with facts. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must not be careless with them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All journalists must aim for accuracy. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Without it you will lose trust, readers and ultimately your job </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of ekurvine released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  16. 16. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Suspicious mind </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You will be given information for many reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You must develop the ability to recognise when you are being given false information </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of Ross Hong Kong released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  17. 17. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Determination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You often have to ask hard questions and risk upsetting people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be polite, however rude people may be, but be persistent </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of timsnell released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  18. 18. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Polite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to be able to get on well with all sorts of people. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You cannot pick and choose who to interview in the way you choose friends. </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of timsnell released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  19. 19. Why be a journalist? <ul><li>Honest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be there when you say you will </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only report what you know to be true </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Never lie to your </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Never lie to the public </li></ul></ul>Image courtesy of kobiz7 released under Creative Commons Image courtesy of makelessnoise released under Creative Commons
  20. 20. What is a journalist? <ul><li>The module uses material from The News Manual </li></ul><ul><li>Media Helping Media has been given permission to publish edited highlights of some basic training modules </li></ul><ul><li>Using some material from </li></ul><ul><li>The News Manual </li></ul>http://www.thenewsmanual.net/
  21. 21. <ul><li>The source of the following material in this module </li></ul>Media Helping Media
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