Christian journalism? Is there such a thing? David Aikman thinks so. "It is possible to be both a tough-minded, skeptical journalist and a committed follower of Jesus Christ," assures Mr. Aikman. Who is David Aikman? Aikman, formerly Time magazine's diplomatic correspondent, is the founder of Gegrapha, an international fellowship of Christian journalists.
Journalism is an exciting field that requires professional reporters to confront, personally and in writing, some of society's most crucial issues, such as freedom of expression and religion, on a daily basis. In countries such as the Russian Federation, where the lingering effects of communism have reemerged in recent years, Christian journalists put their careers and lives on the line. While Canadian journalists do not generally put their lives on the line, new laws enacted in our country have promoted a 'chilling' effect on freedom of expression. Many journalists, Christian and otherwise, are now seriously questioning whether genuine freedom of expression is protected in this country.
Christian journalists enjoy the unique privilege of reporting news in an accurate and arresting way that honors God.
Christian journalism is a thriving profession that not only supports professional associations worldwide, but also international conferences and college-level, degree- granting journalism programs. Journalists of faith find employment as freelance and newsroom reporters in both Christian and secular media, as well as corporate and government communications and public relations officers.
Journalism 12 is an 18-week online course that challenges students to integrate their Biblical worldview and up-to-date journalism practice in ways that can be successfully applied in today's busy mainstream newsrooms. Journalism 12 features one lesson per week. Among other topics, these lessons require students to: identify personal goals; develop a self-marketing plan; research target audiences; identify newsworthy stories; write tight copy; and develop feature stories and special columns for print and Internet publication. Students learn how to become competent in the two main branches of journalism: newsroom journalism and freelance journalism. Finally, Journalism 12 considers two important contexts of journalism: the history of journalism, and the legal and ethical implications of journalism.
Journalism 12 is an 18-week course with one lesson allocated to each week. Since this course seeks to prepare students for a writing career, students are given a number of opportunities to develop their skills. An essay, therefore, is due at the end of every third lesson, or week. The essay should be 2 pages, or 500 words, in length (excluding notes). Five essays, therefore, are required over a 15-week period. Students must select topics from lists supplied by the instructor. All course submissions must follow the usages recommended by the Canadian Press Style Book, which will be a required textbook.
Students are expected to complete a major project in which they develop a feature story or special column for a print and/or Internet publication. Students should identify their audience and prospective publishers. The major project is due at the end of the eighteenth, or last, lesson, or week. The major project should be 10 pages, or 2,500 words, in length (excluding notes). Students may select their own topic for the major project, but should submit the topic for instructor approval by the end of ninth lesson, or week.
A variety of reading comprehension assignments will be offered for each lesson to prepare students for the essays, major project, and lesson assignments.
- Lesson Assignments: 50% (Top twelve assignments)
- Essays: 30% (Top three essays)
- Major Project: 20%
- The Canadian Press Style Book - This is the required Text for JOURNALISM 12
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