Dun Laoghaire Further Education InstituteJournalism for New Media, TV & Radio:

Journalism for New Media, TV & Radio:

South Dublin County
1 year
Further Education and PLC, Level 5 QQI

Course description

This practical course gives students the skills, knowledge and confidence to start their career in the exciting world of Journalism for online, video, podcasting, TV, radio and print.

This course will explore the world of digital journalism which will include smartphone recording and editing, digital radio news production and the basics of journalism – such as researching, writing and legal procedures.

Entry Requirements
One of the following:

Leaving Certificate
A Level 4 QQI Award
Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

  • Research Skills for Journalism
  • Writing Skills for Journalism
  • Technical Skills for Journalism
  • Media Analysis
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Political Studies
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Digital Movie Processing
  • Radio Programme Production

Level 5 QQI Award Journalism (5M2464)

Work Experience
Students will be required to undertake a period work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area during the academic year.  Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information
Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination (Written)
  • Project
  • Skills Demonstration

Progression Opportunities
DFEi: Graduates may progress to the Level 6 QQI Advanced Certificate in Journalism for New Media, TV and Radion at DFEi.
Elsewhere: Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.

This course has a strong record of progression with graduates going on to study Media at DCU, TU Dublin and IADT. Many graduates return to DFEi for the second year of the Journalism course.

Progression Examples
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology(National Film School)

  • BA in English, Media and Cultural

National University of Ireland Maynooth

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • BA in Media Studies

University College Dublin

  • Bachelor of Arts

TU Dublin – City Campus (formerly DIT)

  • BA in Journalism

Dublin City University

  • BA in Media Studies

Career Paths
Graduates usually choose to advance to further studies, while others have gained employment as freelance or staff journalists, writing or editing content for online and print publications.

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