Introduction to Court Reporting
Reporting from court can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned reporters, but one that most journalists will face in their career. In order to report on court cases in a legally and ethically sound way, media practitioners must be familiar with courtroom protocols, the structure of various courts and the rules and regulations that govern reporting from and about court proceedings. By the end of this course, participants will have the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for court reporting, as well as an understanding of how to make these stories relevant beyond the courthouse. Facilitated by one of South Africa’s top legal reporters, the short course consists of four modules, one test and one assignment. The course can be completed at your own pace, with up to six weeks to complete all six modules.
Introduction to Media Law
Knowledge of laws that dictate what can and cannot be published is essential for any content producer. The laws that regulate broadcasting and publishing are not just there to protect media sources, members of the public and vulnerable subjects of stories. They also protect content producers, journalists, editors and press freedom in general. The course will introduce participants to the various laws that regulate media in and around South Africa and shed light on the legal limitations and opportunities when it comes to reporting on various subject matters. This introductory course consists of eight content modules, one test and one assignment. Self-paced, participants have up to eight weeks to complete the course.
Ensuring organisational success takes a host of skills, a good dose of initiative and innovation. The Media Management course introduces you to the basics of management with a special focus on increasing the representation of women in media leadership across the globe. The course provides a solid basis of management and leadership skills for newsroom leaders. Upon completion, participants will have a more holistic, well-rounded understanding of organisational success and how to achieve it, as well as the challenges to success and how to overcome them. The course is self-paced with five content modules, one test and an assignment. Participants have six weeks to complete the programme.
Online Ethics for Journalism
Online slip-ups can go viral within minutes and unlike traditional media corrections, few people are likely to see any amendments that you may make. The coursework introduces theories of media ethics and will help participants navigate through practical dilemmas they might encounter when working online. Participants will also learn to use a schema to ensure that decisions around content are ethical and accurate. This short course consists of three content modules, one assignment and a final test. The course is self-paced - the modules can be completed in one sitting, or at a pace of one module per week over the course of four weeks.