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I have just finished one on aspects of Irish history - excellent.
I have just started on called Introduction to Journalism, produced by Strathclyde University.
Today's main points for me were to do with understanding "news values", what make a great news story and the importance of Who, What, When, Where, Why in drawing out the facts.
News values (these are my notes after watching the videos, etc):
Media Agenda (to fit a news organisation's stance).
There were thoughts about opinion, criticism, over-simplification and the notion that news brings more news.
Even in a hour this morning, I think I have a foundation-level of understanding about how to analyse a news story. Onward.
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