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Approx. 42 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: French, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, English, Spanish

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Week
1

Week 1

9 hours to complete

Unit 1: Introduction and Principles of Journalism

9 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 71 min), 11 readings, 14 quizzes
16 videos
Course Overview: Topics, Assessments & Activities4m
Course Overview: Games and Levels2m
Why Journalism? What Makes This Field Interesting?5m
Introduction to the History of Journalism – pre-16905m
History of Journalism – 1690 – present day5m
Language Focus – Simple Past and Past Progressive6m
Unlockable Achievement9s
Principles of Journalism 1: Gathering Sources6m
Principles of Journalism 2: Telling the Story5m
Language Focus – Word Families6m
Principles of Journalism 3: Impacting People6m
Language Focus – Phrases for Agreeing and Disagreeing6m
Online Learning Opportunities to Extend Your Skills38s
Supplemental Listening: "Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problems"2m
Supplemental Listening: 'Berlin Airlift' Airport Becomes Emergency Refugee Shelter3m
11 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Political Cartoons: Exploring Serious Subjects in Fun Way10m
Hearst and the Growth of US Journalism10m
BASIC: "Media freedom is important. Here's what you can do."10m
ADVANCED: Media Freedom is important. Here’s what you can do.”10m
How freedom of information works10m
Game: Unit 1 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Irregular Verb List10m
Supplemental Reading: How Can Journalists Be Protected?10m
Supplemental Reading: "'Berlin Airlift' Airport Becomes Emergency Refugee Shelter"10m
Supplemental Reading: "Newspapers in America"10m
14 practice exercises
Unit 1 Assessment 1: What do we expect from the media? (Survey)30m
Game 1: Timeline Game30m
Check Your Understanding: "Political Cartoons: Exploring Serious Subjects in Fun Way"30m
Game 2: Selecting tense – Simple Past versus Past Progressive30m
Check Your Understanding: Hearst and the Growth of US Journalism10m
Check Your Understanding: “Media Freedom is Important. Here’s what you can do.”30m
Game 3: Matching word forms in context30m
Game 4: Vocabulary Practice - Principles of Journalism30m
Check Your Understanding: "How freedom of information works"
Check Your Understanding: “Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problem”30m
Crossword with Irregular Past Tense30m
Check Your Understanding: "How Can Journalists Be Protected?"30m
Check Your Understanding: 'Berlin Airlift' Airport Becomes Emergency Refugee Shelter”30m
Check Your Understanding: "Newspapers in America"30m
Week
2

Week 2

9 hours to complete

Unit 2: How to Research, Pitch, and Interview

9 hours to complete
17 videos (Total 59 min), 9 readings, 12 quizzes
17 videos
Researching an Idea4m
Unlockable Achievement9s
Pitching a Story – Newspapers/Magazines3m
Pitching a Story - Radio5m
Sample News Story Pitch1m
Unlockable Achievement6s
Video Listening: Times are Changing in Havana, Cuba2m
Unlockable Achievement9s
Language Focus – Interviewing Sources – Wh- Questions4m
Interviewing Sources – Reliability, Facts & Opinion5m
Language Focus – Quoting Sources & Reporting Verbs4m
Video interview with a student journalist from The Daily Pennsylvanian3m
Unlockable Achievement9s
Interviewing Sources - Notetaking6m
Language Focus – Quoting Sources Directly or Using Reported Speech5m
Supplemental Listening: "Story of Dr. Omalu Enlightens on Risks of High-impact Sports"3m
9 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
BASIC: "Want to be a good reporter? Follow these tips."10m
ADVANCED: Want to be a good reporter? Follow these tips.10m
Sample News Story Pitch and Written Pitch Template10m
BASIC: Times Are Changing in Havana, Cuba10m
ADVANCED: Times are Changing in Havana, Cuba10m
Game: Unit 2 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Supplemental Reading: Student newspapers shake things up10m
Supplemental Reading and Listening: "Story of Dr. Omalu Enlightens on Risks of High-impact Sports"10m
11 practice exercises
Game 1: Right-sizing Your Topic30m
Check Your Understanding: "Want to be a good reporter? Follow these tips."30m
Game 2: Vocabulary Practice30m
Check Your Understanding: Times are Changing in Havana, Cuba30m
Game 3: Reliable Sources30m
Game 4: Choose the reporting verb30m
Check Your Understanding: Video interview with a student journalist from The Daily Pennsylvanian30m
Game 5: Changing Direct Speech to Reported Speech30m
Check Your Understanding: Student newspapers shake things up30m
Game: WH- question formation30m
Check Your Understanding: Story of Dr. Omalu Enlightens on Risks of High-impact Sports30m
Week
3

Week 3

8 hours to complete

Unit 3: Words in Print

8 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 46 min), 9 readings, 12 quizzes
12 videos
Types of Leads4m
Creating a Lead4m
Unlockable Achievement9s
Language Focus – SV Agreement with Different Subjects4m
Writing Using Associated Press Style4m
Language Focus – Structure of Active and Passive Voices4m
Language Focus – Use of Active and Passive Voices3m
Reporting Accurately5m
Proofreading an Article5m
Unlockable Achievement9s
Listening: Egyptian Journalists Call for Press Freedom2m
9 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Student Newspapers Face Real World Challenges10m
BASIC: Thai Health Policy as Model for Emerging Economies10m
ADVANCED: Thai Health Policy as Model for Emerging Economies10m
BASIC: With billions to feed, sustainable agriculture is not a luxury10m
ADVANCED: With billions to feed, sustainable agriculture is not a luxury10m
Game: Unit 3 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Egyptian Journalists Call for Press Freedom10m
Old Age, Debt Threaten Vietnam Economy10m
11 practice exercises
Game 1: Labeling - the Process and the Front Page30m
Game 2: Match Lead to Lead Type30m
Check Your Understanding: "Student Newspapers Face Real World Challenges."
Check Your Understanding 2: "Thai Health Policy Seen as Model for Emerging Economies"30m
Game 3: Applying AP Style30m
Game 4: When to Use Passive Voice30m
Check Your Understanding: "With billions to feed, sustainable agriculture is not a luxury"30m
Check Your Understanding: "Egyptian Journalists Call for Press Freedom"30m
Check Your Understanding: "Old Age, Debt Threaten Vietnam Economy"30m
Game: Active/Passive Game30m
Game: Subject/Verb Agreement Game30m
Week
4

Week 4

8 hours to complete

Unit 4: Broadcasting the News

8 hours to complete
16 videos (Total 54 min), 7 readings, 12 quizzes
16 videos
Listening: "VOA Fast Five"5m
Unlockable Achievement9s
The People of Broadcast Journalism4m
Types of Stories for Broadcast Journalism4m
Using Conversational Style4m
Listening: "So you want to be a TV reporter..."1m
Language Focus – Present Tense & Active Voice4m
Sample Broadcast News Story1m
Ratings in TV News: How Journalists Compete4m
Unlockable Achievement9s
Sensationalism in TV News5m
The 24-hour News Cycle5m
Language Focus - Stress & Pausing5m
Unlockable Achievement6s
Listening: "Telepresence - The Next Best thing to Being There"2m
7 readings
Overview of the Unit10m
Listening: So you want to be a TV reporter ...10m
Podcasting on the rise10m
Unit 4 Assessment 2: Instructions and Model10m
Game: Unit 4 Vocabulary Flashcards10m
Radio Hoax Causes Panic10m
Forget a seat at the table. This reporter wants a seat in the briefing room.10m
11 practice exercises
Check your Understanding 1: Listening: "VOA Fast Five"30m
Game 1: Matching Language to Definitions30m
Check Your Understanding: "So you want to be a TV reporter..."
Game 2: Print vs. Broadcast Journalism30m
Unit 4 Assessment 1: Rewrite your article as a copy for a broadcast30m
Game 3: Stress30m
Check Your Understanding: "Podcasting on the rise."
Check Your Understanding: "Radio Hoax Causes Panic?30m
Check Your Understanding: "Forget a seat at the table. This reporter wants a seat in the briefing room"30m
Check Your Understanding: "Telepresence - The Next Best Thing to Being There"30m
Game: Vocabulary Crossword Puzzle30m

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