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Explain this! How explanatory journalism informs and engages audiences online course

The Knight Center’s new MOOC, “Explain this! How explanatory journalism informs and engages audiences” is organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, with support from the Knight Foundation. During this four-week massive open online course, which will be held from January 16-February 12, 2023, students will learn techniques and formats for adding background and context to the news to help readers make sense of the daily outpouring of news, as well as to fight misinformation.

For the four weeks of the course, you will learn how to:
  • Spot which parts of a story might need more explanation
  • Find ways of adding context and background within breaking news stories without bogging them down
  • Write clearly about subjects you know in-depth and get up to speed on subjects you don’t
  • Choose subjects for enterprise projects
  • Break big topics into manageable projects
  • Turn explainers into “persistent content” that can fight misinformation
After completing the course, you will:
  • Identify the jargon or shorthand in stories that can confuse readers or turn them off
  • Address readers’ need for background or context clearly and concisely
  • Choose topics that call for more in-depth explanations
  • Develop a sense of when to give a “micro” account by adding more depth to a specific point or a “macro” perspective that puts the news in a broader context
  • Create content that is “evergreen” or easily updatable

To learn more and apply, please click here.

Status: Closed

  • Training & education

Organisation: Knight Center

Deadline: 15/01/2023

Location: Online


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