English for Journalism

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson

30th July - 10th August 2018
(two week programme)


English for International Journalists is a programme especially tailored for students who wish to work as professionals for newspapers, radio and television services and who are non-native speakers of English. The programme is taught in clear and engaging step-by-step scheme across all forms of media. The main focus of this programme is the development of listening and speaking skills for professional journalists through communicative activities.


This does not mean that grammar is neglected however and the timetable will include specific lessons focusing area of grammatical relevance and idiomatic English in journalistic context. Other aspects to be covered are vocabulary development, as well as some reading and writing based on different TV and radio programmes, articles from the international newspapers and different styles which are adopted. More advanced classes will also focus on idiomatic usage, appropriacy and register for professional reporters.


Students are also taught to analyse the specialised context of different journalistic articles. Students are also made aware of the comprehensive approach to the rules and guidelines necessary for avoiding the pitfalls and errors that undermine accuracy and clarity in writing.
The programme also examines presentations, which are necessary for professional journalists, where clarity and approachablility are the key elements


The presentations section will cover the following issues:

- Language of presentation
- Setting goals & objectives
- Eye contact with camera
- Body Language
- Visual aids
- Pace and manner of presentation
- Getting people involved
- Dealing with interruptions
- Concluding


Communicating in the international environment.


This part of the programme focuses on the development of communication skills in a multi-cultural environment. Journalists need to be aware of different cultures, language competence of people they meet and their communication skills. This is achieved through enabling students to learn the skills of professional negotiators and mediators. A journalist's work can be compared to a writer who collects information and then passes it to other people. The ability to ask the right questions and negotiate non-negotiable issues, as well as understanding the power of words is practiced through provided workshops. Topics covered in this part of the programme include:

International Communication & Negotiations:

- Culture versus communication & negotiations
- Constructive communication
- Achieving smooth communication on an international platform
- What prevents successful communication and negotiations
- Common communication and negotiating ploys
- Dealing with tricky negotiations

Effective Communication and Negotiations:
- Different styles
- Positions & interests
- Evaluating BATNA & WATNA
- Bargaining Styles
- Leverage
- Breaking deadlock
- Generous Reciprocal Bargaining Theory
- Problem vs. People
- Case studies

The journalistic code of ethics governing the broadcasts requires that opposing views be presented, and that journalists' personal opinions or judgments be left out of factual reporting.


Sheri Fink