The role of the journalist
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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.

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