Course Information
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolJournalism and Mass Communications
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorMarina Tzoannopoulou
Course ID600002050

Programme of Study: Master of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism-R

Registered students: 6
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSSpecial Category110
European JournalismSpecial Category110
Digital Media, Culture and CommunicationSpecial Category110
Risk Communication and Crisis JournalismSpecial Category110

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The realisation of the close relationship between the various principles, criteria and values underlying news selection and presentation, on the one hand, and their linguistic expression, on the other. The development of language sensitivity resulting into conscious “selection” and focussing on the appropriate affective, social, power, cognitive and performance domains of Language Awareness. The development of the skill of writing in a journalistic “conversational” style (normal variety of English). The development of the awareness of the distinction and differences between writing for quality newspapers and tabloids.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This advanced English course is especially designed for postgraduate students and focuses on news and feature story writing for the print media. By combining theory and practice it introduces students to language varieties, headline language, story format, leads, the Associated Press stylebook and news writing techniques. Students become familiar with journalistic guidelines and techniques in relation to story structure(s), writing style(s), news values/criteria, cohesive devices, coherence. Lectures, analyses and classroom activities and/or tasks are based on authentic data from American and British newspapers.
print media, news values, writing hard and soft news
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of PowerPoint for the delivery of the lectures. Students have access to the e-learning platform.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment50
Written assigments15
Student Assessment
Participation & Assignments – 40% Students are required to attend classes, study the suggested readings and do the assignments. Final-term examination – 60% The final examination is based on both theory and practice. Theory is tested following a multiple choice format. The practical section includes writing and editing leads, short news stories and feature stories.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
The Associated Press Stylebook (2015). Associated Press. Bagnall, Nicholas (1993). Newspaper Language. Focal Press. Dominick, J.R. (2010). The Dynamics of Mass Communications: Media in the Digital Age. NJ: Mac-Graw Hill Education. Harris, G. & D. Spark (1995), 2nd edition. Practical Newspaper Reporting, Focal Press. Itule, B. D. and D. A. Anderson (1989), 2nd edition. News Writing and Reporting for Today's Media. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc. Keeble, R. (1994). The Newspapers Handbook. London and New York: Routledge. Mencher, M. (1994), 6th edition. News Reporting and Writing. Wm. C. Brown Publishers. Metzler, K. (1997). Creative Interviewing. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Stovall, J. G. (2009), 7th edition. Writing for the Mass Media. Boston: Pearson
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