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Journalism for the Digital Age

Course Code(s):  5M2464 PJ5
QQI Award Code:  5M2464 Journalism
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2464 PJ5
QQI Award Code 5M2464 Journalism
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

These programmes are designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence for a career in journalism in this digital era. In year 1 (Level 5 Award), all aspects of the industry will be studied including, making contacts, interviewing and the craft of writing. Social media and traditional sources will be used to find and publish news. Learners will attain the know-how to get published in print and online. In the year 2 (Level 6 award), learners will gain new skills and learn about broadcast journalism through DFEis college radio station The Wave. Learners will also generate two blogs, based on news and opinion. Both journalism courses have a strong record of progression to third level institutions.

What will you Study?

This course has been updated to ensure that learners are equipped with the skills to work in a rapidly changing media environment and an in-depth knowledge of social media sources such as Twitter and YouTube.

The convergence of Online, Print and Radio Journalism that has occurred in the media means that graduates need to have an understanding of all of these media channels. 

These updated Journalism courses answer this need.  Learners in the Advanced Certificate will join those from the Radio Broadcasting course to produce news for the "The Wave", DFEi's online radio station, which is broadcast from DFEi on a number of times throughout the year.


Research Skills for Journalism 5N2443
Writing Skills for Journalism 5N2435
Technical Skills for Journalism 5N2463
Media Analysis 5N1298
Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Political Studies 5N1837
Photography Desktop Publishing 5N0785
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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