Writing Personal Columns in Newspapers, Magazines & Blogs

Course Information
TitleWriting Personal Columns in Newspapers, Magazines & Blogs / Writing Personal Columns in Newspapers, Magazines & Blogs
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolJournalism and Mass Communications
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorZoi Ververopoulou
Course ID600000230

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
  • Maria Tsiousia
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
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
English Language Level B2
Learning Outcomes
Students should be able to: - Understand the features and functions of personal columns within the journalistic context. - Understand the difference between a column and other journalistic forms, in communicative purpose, structure, form and language. - Accomplish a well-thought and well-written personal column.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Personal columns are an integral part of opinion writing in newspapers, magazines and on the blogosphere. They are also one of the most appealing features to write and one of the most alluring pieces to read. The course examines: the presence and the importance of personal columns in modern age, the profile of a columnist, the different types of columns, the utility and the objectives of a column, the task of selecting a topic and sources of material, the structure, the style, the process of writing different types of columns, the importance of language and how to use narrative qualities and techniques that can be derived from literary style of writing. The purpose of this course is to help participants strengthen their ability of personal writing, both for the press and on blogs.
Journalistic Writing, Personal Columns
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Power Point presentations Internet (in english) Communication with the students via e-mail
Course Organization
Reading Assigment
Written assigments
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Hennessy, B. (1997). Writing feature articles: A practical guide to methods and markets. Oxford [England]: Focal Press. Holmes, Tim (2005) “Getting personal. How to write comment”. In R. Keeble (ed.), Print Journalism. A Critical Introduction, 170-8. London & New York: Routledge. Pape Susan & Featherstone Sue (2006) Feature writing: A practical introduction, London: Sage. Phillips, Angela (2007) Good Writing for Journalists. London: Sage. Shrimsley, Bernard: «Columns! The Good, the Bad, the Best», British Journalism Review 14.3 (2003), 23-30. - Αγγλόφωνα άρθρα-προσωπικές στήλες για μελέτη.
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