Journalism

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Available for all Hanze students, exchange students of our partner universities and students from another University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (KOM).

You have to pre-register to participate in this minor. 
Places for minors that have pre-registration with a waiting list are awarded based on a draw. Pay attention to the deadlines of the draw. Read more about the deadlines on the page Deadlines pre-registration minors.

During this programme we want you to experience the many aspects of journalism: research, verification of sources , finding news, writing different genres of articles, interviewing, planning-, filming- and editing of (news) video's and podcasts as well as understanding the main characteristics of the profession of a journalist and the journalist's role within society. Therefore, we expect you to be searching for news and stories at all times while participating in the minor. You will have to dig up information through research, checking sources and interviewing. In the end, the information has to be processed into an attractive format and you will have to decide which medium fits best: writing, video, podcast, photography and/or visualization of data.

In addition to this there are more roles than writing, making photo's, filming and production:

  • You have to be able to work within an international group of students;
  • You will have to give feedback to each other on several assignments;
  • You will communicate and work in the English language only;
  • You have a responsibility to your fellow students to participate and be a helpful member of the group.

If possible various guest lectures can be expected and we encourage students to organize their own excursions.

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.

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Courses Period 1

  • Project: Multimedia Journalism (5 ECTS)
  • Journalism and News Theories (5 ECTS)
  • Interviewing and Filming (5 ECTS)

Courses Period 2

  • Project: Written Journalism (5 ECTS)
  • Writing for Journalism (5 ECTS)
  • Interviewing and Broadcasting (5 ECTS)

Project: Multimedia Journalism 

This project is the 'heart' of the programme. Every week you will be making & designing various multimedia products like a written article, an infographic, a picture essay or a short video clip, giving feedback on others' products, and discussing them in our weekly meetings. You will work in groups of a maximum of ten people during this course. Each group has a coach assigned who will comment and advise on the work being done.

Credits: 5

Journalism and News Theories

This introductory course explores the concept of journalism and the main activities and characteristics that surround the profession of a journalist, including the journalist's role within the society, the best practices of the profession and many ethical issues or moral dilemmas that might be encountered by exerting this profession.

In particular, the connection between journalism and democracy will be addressed, with an eye on the different media systems over the world, giving room for in-class debates and conversations. It will also be analysed the way news is considered a "product", from the moment a newsworthy fact occurs to the moment a story about that fact is made known to the public and develops over time. Last, but not least, there will be space for the most common techniques used by professional journalists to avoid manipulations, verify the reliability of their sources and contrast the dissemination of fake news.

The exam is based on questions to test the theoretical knowledge and the application of such knowledge by using case studies or actual news outlets products that require analytical and reflection skills.

Credits: 5

Interviewing and Filming

Interviewing is a basic element of journalism. All curiosity starts with asking questions, to yourself, but especially to others. But what kind of questions do you ask?

How do you start an interview? When does an interview even start? How do you put someone at ease? And what if an interview doesn't go the way you want?

In this course we try to give answers to all these questions -and much more- by means of practical assignments; learning by doing.

You learn the basics of professional interviewing. In addition to theory, you will also receive training in recording an interview for the benefit of a text interview for magazine or newspaper (dialogue, monologue/full quote or mixed version) or video interview.

Next to that there will practical training in technical skills:  how to use a camera, making plans and storyboards for video, photograpy and infographics.

Credits: 5 

Project: Written Journalism 

Every week you will be writing articles from news articles to longer human interest feautures, giving feedback on others' products, and discussing them in our weekly meetings.

Though you will receive a general genre to write each week you will have a lot of freedom in deciding the specific topic, who to interview and how to illustrate the articles.

You will work in groups of a maximum of ten people during this course. Each group has a coach assigned who will comment and advise on the work being done.

Credits: 5

Writing for Journalism

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, and illustrating.

Credits: 5

Interviewing and Broadcasting

This course is partly a follow up of interviewing & filming.

It deals with how to set up a professional interview again and in addition will also deal with live interviewing ( streaming) and podcasting.

Next to theory, you will receive training in recording an interview with emphasis on interviewing for podcast and television/live streaming.

In addition there will practical training in technical skills with the focus on use of audiovisual equipment and editing for podcast.

Credits: 5 

Practical 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

Available for all Hanze students, exchange students of our partner universities and students from another University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands (KOM).

​Tom Wilcox

(050) 595 72 37


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