The Journalism major is designed to immerse students in the study of journalism by developing their ability to respond critically to a wide range of journalistic media; it is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the field and those who aim to pursue a career in journalism and want to hone their skills while considering journalism’s requirements.Apply Now
“I am deeply interested in the progress and elevation of journalism, having spent my life in that profession, regarding it as a noble profession and one of unequalled importance for its influence upon the minds and morals of the people.” Joseph Pulitzer – journalist, publisher, and founder of the Pulitzer Prizes.
The course will look at broadcast as well as print journalism, and the increasingly relevant world of online news. While the primary focus will be on journalism in the US, the diversity of nationalities in attendance on the course (students from nearly 50 different nationalities attended the Oxford course last year) will also provide a valuable perspective on how news is reported around the world.
The course combines analysis of the theories behind journalism with practical guidance on writing and approaches to journalistic technique. Consequently, assessment will take two forms: students will produce their own article from a range of options and will also analyse a publication, considering its style, target audience and editorial tone, and producing a ‘pen portrait’ of a typical reader. They will consider how writing can inform, educate and entertain, and how best to write for different purposes and audiences. Profile and travel writing will be addressed alongside comment and news pieces.
In the second week students will be placed into small groups with a view to producing their own print magazine. This will educate students about all the processes of journalism, from writing to publication, while developing skills in teamwork and collaboration. Finally, the course will provide invaluable experience for students who are interested in embarking on a future career in journalism, teaching them about the day-to-day reality of a journalist’s work and providing some career guidance for this competitive field.
This course has been specifically designed to provide students with an insight into university life in the United States. Students will nominate both a major and a minor subject, and will spend two weeks building their knowledge and skills in their chosen subject areas.
Students will receive 35 hours of tuition across each two-week session, following their major subject for around 75% of the time and their minor choice for the remaining hours.
In their major class, students will learn in a variety of styles, such as traditional classroom learning, interactive seminars and through debates and discussions with fellow students from around the world. Students can expect to have their views challenged and discuss different points of view, and can expect to leave with new insights and a refreshed ability to defend their own viewpoints.
For the minor classes, which will be more skills-based, students can expect to work in small groups and individually in order to solve a problem or bring an idea to life. In doing so, they will work on key attributes for future study and employment, including presentation skills, leadership, teambuilding, creative thinking and evaluating potential solutions.
You are thinking about attending university or college in the United States, and would like an insight into what that would be like; and you would like to spend two or four weeks on the campus of one of the best universities in the world, studying alongside like-minded peers and building your knowledge and skills in academic disciplines both familiar and entirely new.
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