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Journalism & Media Diploma

  • Course overview

    Journalism Courses

    5 star reviews   ' This is a great Journalism course with real practitioners who work with the Herald and Newstalk . I picked up a job as a result of a recommendation from my teacher, so I would highly recommend this 6 month Journalism course'  Joanne Campbell - More Reviews

    Completing a Journalism course, from Ireland's leading part time provider of Journalism courses is perhaps one of the best decisions you could make. This Journalism and Media Diploma course reflects the rapidly changing move to user-based journalism and social media which has changed the way Journalists investigate news.  

    This Journalism course explores the role of digitalisation of media and focuses on the skills required to research, gather, prepare and present news and information for publication. You will develop your investigative ability which is essential if you wish to be a good reporter. You will also learn how to research feature material so that you can produce excellent writing material for publication.

    Tweeters, bloggers, 'citizen journalists', all unheard of a decade ago, are changing the face of the profession. Journalists are facing, like many other professions and industries, a digitalization of their business.

    The rise of the blogger has become immensely popular among both new and old media companies, a change that has drastically altered the role of a journalist. 

    There will be opportunities to write features, human interest stories, reviews as well as improve your own writing style for different media.  Feedback on your writing will be provided by experienced journalists and sub-editors. 

    The principles of good editing, design and print production will be explored. The different types of law relevant to media specifically in Ireland and the UK will be examined as well as areas such as defamation.

    This Journalism course will appeal to newcomers and individuals working in Journalism who wish to gain a new understanding of journalism and its techniques.
    Award body: CMI

    5 units, 4 exams, Feature Writing assignments

    Award: Diploma in Journalism & Media
    Award Body: CMI

    Progress to Ordinary degree level 7
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  • Modules

    There are 5 key module:

    1. Freelance & Feature Writing
    2. Broadcast Journalism
    3. Newspaper Reporting
    4. Sub-Editing
    5. Media Law & Ethics
  • Fees

    Classroom course is € 1,950.00 .

    Includes all tuition, registration, assessment and online notes.

    Applicants are required to pay a minimum deposit of €300 to secure a place on the programme. The balance of fees are due on or before programme commencement.

    See CMI Terms & Conditions for booking.

    How do I book

    Simply complete the online booking form  .

    Pay a 300 euro deposit online via Visa debit or Visa credit card

    Your place on the course is confirmed within 2-3 days of receipt of online booking/payment.

    Balance of payment is required before commencement of course.

    Online Bookings and payments are subject to CMI Terms & Conditions

Course timetable

  • Classroom

    • Start: Tuesday Tuesday 11th February 2019 1 night per week . 18.30 -21.30 ( Every Tuesday )
    • End: July 2020
    • Assigments: 5 units, 4 exams, 1 Project
    • Duration: 20 Class weeks ( October - December ) ( February - April )
    • Level: Industry Qualification
    • Places: Available


Karen McManus

Karen McManus is a journalist and lecturer with more than 15 years experience in national newspapers. She began her career in the Belfast Telegraph and Daily Mirror in Dublin before moving to the News of the World in London, where she worked as a news reporter and features writer. On her return to Ireland, she worked as a news editor on the Belfast edition of the News of the World,  Political Reporter based in Dail Eireann and chief Features writer in Dublin for almost 10 years. In 2003, her book, the official biography of Loyalist terrorist Michael Stone, was a number one bestseller in Ireland and the UK. Karen holds a Masters in Journalism from DCU and has been teaching journalism since 2006. Her specialisms are news writing, investigative reporting, feature writing, MOJO journalism and radio documentaries. Karen lectures with CMI on the Journalism and Media course. 

Maria Delaney_Profile

Maria is an award-winning journalist working as an investigative reporter for Noteworthy, a new journalism platform from Journal Media. Her writing has also appeared in The Sunday Times, The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post and more. She has radio experience with national stations including RTÉ Radio 1 and Newstalk. Maria lectures on the Journalism and Media course with CMI. 
Andrew McKeown
Andrew McKeown BL, BA, MCL is a practising barrister, having studied in UCD, where he was awarded the Swift McNeill Scholarship. Andrew practises in criminal law, judicial review, and general civil and common law, with a special interest in mental health law. He previously assisted in the final examinations of student Gardaí at the Garda Training College. Andrew is a legal editor with Thomson Reuters Ireland and Round Hall Press, having edited leading legal books and journals, and Westlaw. He is the Managing Editor of the Irish Current Law Monthly Digest (ICLMD). Andrew lectures for CMI on the Advanced Diploma in Crime Scene Investigation & Forensic Science, and the Criminology course .and the Media Law module

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