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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 € 1,750.00 .

    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 8th October 1 night per week . 18.30 -21.30 ( Every Tuesday )
    • End: April 2020
    • Assigments: 5 units, 4 exams, 1 Project
    • Duration: 20 Class weeks ( October - December ) ( February - April )
    • Level: Industry Qualification
    • Places: Available


David has worked with the Herald as Associate Editor for over 20 years and previously as a Feature editor for the Evening Herald.  He previously worked with Lafferty Publications. David lectures on the Journalism and Media course with CMI. 
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Andrea has over 9 years experience working in various media outlets in Ireland including RTE and the Communicorp Group (newstalk and Today FM). She is currently working as Newsroom Duty editor and reporter for Newstalk and with the Pat Kenny Show. She completed a Masters in Journalism in 2008 at the NUI. Andrea lectures on the Journalism and Media course with CMI. 
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. 

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