Journalism

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This minor is only available for School of Communication, Media & IT and exhange students. 

In this programme we want you to function as an editorial board. Therefore we expect you always to be searching for news. You have to know what your target groups find attractive and important. You should not be scared; you regularly will be in touch with persons or organisations and confront them with your (critical) questions. You will have to dig up a lot of information through research. In the end the information has to be processed into an attractive format and you will have to decide which medium fits best to the information: paper, internet, video, photography and/or infographics. Ofocurse this will be supported by classes in photography, writing, filming and so on to help you improve these skills.

We collaborate with several partners: The English section of the Hanze Mag(azine), the English radio program HappyHourFM and their websites. We will always keep looking for possibilities to extend the media we use as publication platforms. We could make use of an own Youtube channel and Facebook page. Articles that students write are published on our  site: www.hanzejournalism.nl.  ​ 

There are two things you always should keep in the back of your head:

  • your target group(s): all current students involved in international educational programs in Groningen, but also the prospective students and the international students that did (a part of) their study in Groningen

  • being a member of the editorial board, you are a journalist during the whole period, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

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Period 1

  • Project: International Cross Media Publishing 1 (6 ECTS)
  • Press Theory 1 (3 ECTS)
  • Journalistic writing 1 (2 ECTS)
  • Audio Visual Media 1 (2 ECTS)
  • Interviewing 1 (2 ECTS)

Period 2

  • Project: International Cross Media Publishing 2 (6 ECTS)
  • Press Theory 2 (3 ECTS)
  • Journalistic writing 2 (2 ECTS)
  • Audio Visual Media 2 (2 ECTS)
  • Interviewing 2 (2 ECTS)

Project: International Cross Media Publishing 

This course is the 'heart' of the minor. Every week you will be writing articles, giving feedback on others' articles, and discussing them in our weekly meetings. You will work in groups of ten people at most during this course. Together with this group you will design and edit articles for a printed magazine, which you will be able to take home afterwards. Furthermore, you will be responsible for online content and editing for the online edition of this magazine, working in rotating groups to keep it up to date. Each group has a coach assigned who will comment and advise on the work being done.

Press Theory

In this course you will become familiar with the ethical build up of (inter)national journalism. They will learn which principles are accepted around the world (Geneva-code) and which of these principles are being violated where and why. The course will be based upon real life cases in international journalism. It will also deal with new dilemma's in a changing media landscape. Study of what is called public opinion and news diffusion research. The study of interaction between journalism and politics. Issues that will be discussed: mission of international journalism, transparency, legal issues, difference journalism/propaganda, professionalism, objectivism vs. subjectivism, trends in modern journalism.

Journalistic writing

This course focuses on journalistic styles: news messages, articles, interview articles, opinion, press releases. Preparing articles: collecting written oral and other information, developing a structure, illustrating.

Audio Visual Media 

This course focuses on the analysis of news items, planning video scenarios, audio and visual design, editing and processing, as well as photography and some data visualization.

Practial information 

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of at least one year university education and/or relevant professional experience.
  • We strongly recommend a minimum of a B2 English level. You are expected to already be able to write well in English.

Available for

Only available for SCMI-students.


Ilonka Hebels

(050) 595 4480

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