Journalism 12

Course Overview

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.


Lesson Tests:

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.

Major Project:

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

Course developed by Nigel R. Parton

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