Sinelizwi Citizen Journalism Programme outline

MONTH 1

Session 1 (Introduction and welcome ceremony)

  • Meet #teamfoodformzansi
  • What is FFM and
  • What is citizen journalism?
  • Rules of engagement

Session 2 (Introduction to the world of news)

  • What is news
  • Where to source news
  • What are newsworthy stories
  • Finding your beats,
  • What’s happening in your community

Session 4 (Producing paragraphs that work)

  • Write a paragraph
  • Organising ideas
  • Expressing opinions
  • Tips for good writing
  • General rules for writing

Session 5 (Assignment 1)

In session five of the Sinelizwi citizen journalism programme, host and games master, Duncan Masiwa, recaps previous tasks handled with candidates. Citizen journos are also assigned assignment 1.

MONTH 2

Session 6 (Quoting sources)

  • Direct and indirect quotes

Session 7 (Interviewing your source)     

  • Four principles of interviewing a source
  • Interview tips

Session 8 (Fact checking and verification)

  • Two sides to the story
  • What is verifiable information
  • Where to check

Session 9 (Assignment 2)

In session 9 of the Sinelizwi citizen journalism programme, host and games master, Duncan Masiwa, recaps previous tasks handled with candidates. Citizen journos are also assigned assignment 2.

MONTH 3

Session 10 (The opening & body of an article & Podcasting basic)

  • Headlines
  • Byline
  • Intro’s
  • Paragraphing

Learn podcasting basics

  • How to write a podcast script
  • Podcast planning
  • Podcast interviewing

Session 11 (Story angles)

  • What is a story angle?
  • Why angles are important
  • Different types of angles
  • Tips for finding the right angle

Session 12 (News report writing)

  • Intended reader
  • Write to be understood
  • Use simple words
  • Show, don’t tell

Session 13 (Assignment 3)

In session 13 of the Sinelizwi citizen journalism programme, host and games master, Duncan Masiwa, recaps previous tasks handled with candidates. Citizen journos are also assigned assignment 3.

MONTH 4

Session 14 (Different types of articles)

  • News writing
  • feel-good, human-interest story
  • Celebrity Profile
  • Inspirational Human Profile
  • Q & A Interview
  • Style Piece/Review
  • The How-to article
  • The Travelogue Piece
  • Humour Column
  • The Informative piece

Session 15 (Web writing and writing for print)

  • What is web writing/ how it works?
  • What is print writing/ how is it different (newspaper/magazine)

Session 16 (Assignment 4)

In session 17 of the Sinelizwi citizen journalism programme, host and games master, Duncan Masiwa, recaps previous tasks handled with candidates. Citizen journos are also assigned assignment 4.

MONTH 5

Session 17 (Freedom of speech)

  • What is freedom of expression?
  • Who regulates the media in South Africa?
  • Organisations that defend the media in South Africa

Session 18 (Ethics)

  • Principles of ethical journalism
  • Journalists and their code of ethics

Session 19 (Plagiarism and Copyright)

  • What is copyright?
  • What is plagiarism?

Session 20 (Assignment 5)

In session 21 of the Sinelizwi citizen journalism programme, host and games master, Duncan Masiwa, recaps previous tasks handled with candidates. Citizen journos are also assigned assignment 5.

MONTH 6

Session 21 (Assignment 6)

In session 22 of the Sinelizwi citizen journalism programme, host and games master, Duncan Masiwa, recaps the entire programme. Citizen journos are then assigned their final task.