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English Courses

The MA in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism program at the School of Journalism & Mass Communications offers a language improvement program (Instructor: Dr. Marina Tzoannopoulou) for students who wish to develop their skills in the fields of journalism, media and communication and who need to improve their academic English to a high standard. Enrollment in the following courses does not carry any ECTS nor does it entail additional fees.

 

Dissertation Research and Writing Skills (spring semester, compulsory) | MCC 401 

This course is designed to help graduate students with academic writing by developing the skills necessary to produce high quality work in term-papers and the end-of-year dissertation. The lectures, tasks and activities are richly varied, ranging from small-scale language points to studying the discourse of journalism, media, and communication. Topics to be dealt with include: writing expository and argumentative texts, writing summaries, introductions and conclusions, discussion of data, citing and attributing sources, researching and creating bibliographies. Students receive feedback on their writing and are expected to engage in self-editing and peer-reviewing.

Bibliography

Bailey. S. (2001). Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students. London and New York : Routledge.

Jordan, R.R. (1999). Academic Writing Course. London: Nelson/Longman

Oshima, A. & Hogue, A. (2005). Writing Academic English, Addison-Wesley, New York

Swales, J. M., & Feak, C. B. (2004). Academic writing for graduate students: Essential tasks and skills (Vol. 1). Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

 

Writing for the Print Media (fall semester, optional) | IP 2300   

This advanced English course focuses on news (both hard and soft) and feature story writing for the print media. By combining theory and practice it introduces students to headline language, story format, leads, the Associated Press stylebook and news writing techniques. Τhe course also develops the skills necessary to conduct an interview and  to write personality features for the print media.

Bibliography

Bagnall, Nicholas (1993). Newspaper Language. Focal Press.

Dominick, J.R. (2010). The Dynamics of Mass Communications: Media in the Digital Age.  NJ: Mac-Graw Hill Education.

Goldstein, N. (ed.) (1996). The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. Reading, Massachusetts, Menlo Park: Addison–Wesley Publishing Company.

Harris, G. & D. Spark (1995), 2nd edition. Practical Newspaper Reporting, Focal Press.

Itule, B. D. and D. A. Anderson (1994), 3rd edition. News Writing and Reporting for Today’s Media. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Keeble, R. (1994). The Newspapers Handbook. London and New York: Routledge.

Mencher, M. (1994), 6th edition. News Reporting and Writing. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.

Metzler, K. (1997). Creative Interviewing. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Stovall, J. G. (2002), 5th edition. Writing for the Mass Media. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

 

IP2400 Writing for the Broadcast Media (spring semester, optional)

This advanced English course focuses on news story script writing for television and radio news programmes. By combining theory and practice students are introduced to news values/criteria, story structure, characteristics of broadcast news, and to journalistic guidelines, conventions and techniques related to copy writing style.

Bibliography

Cremer, C. F., P. O. Keirstead & Richard D. Y. (1996). ENG Television News, New York: McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Dominick, J.R. (2010). The Dynamics of Mass Communications: Media in the Digital Age.  NJ: Mac-Graw Hill Education.

Hicks, W. (1998), 2nd edition. English for Journalists, London & New York: Routledge.

Itule, B. D. and D. A. Anderson (1994), 3rd edition. News Writing and Reporting for Today’s Media, New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Mencher, M. (1994), 6th edition. News Reporting and Writing. NJ: Brown Publishers.

Stovall, J. G. (2002), 5th edition. Writing for the Mass Media, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Walters, Roger L. (1994). Broadcast Writing, 2nd edition, New York: McGraw-Hill, International Editions.

White, Ray (1990). TV News. Building a Career in Broadcast Journalism. NY: Focal Press.
 
 

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