Education and training in the ACJ’s Print Media stream are designed to turn incoming students into capable journalists who, by the time they graduate, are ready to perform confidently in any newsroom.
Students are first encouraged to read a newspaper in its entirety (not just those sections in which they may have a personal interest), paying close attention to the content, structure, and language of different types of stories.
Through lectures, classroom writing, and outside reporting assignments, they are taught to gather news and to report it in the clear, precise language required for newspaper readers.
Learning to report daily news events and developing stories, Print students are taught to enhance their news-gathering and news-writing skills in an incremental manner. They pick up page design and layout concepts. Using multiple tools, they learn to package text, image, audio and video inputs and present them on broadsheets and the Web.
Print Students also enhance their editorial techniques for the digital era in a state-of-the art Integrated Newsroom, using the dynamic interfaces of an Interactive Board and multiple hubs for video, audio and text inputs. They follow the national and international news cycle to upload real-time updates, podcasts and studio discussions on print.acjnewsline.org.
The curriculum includes instruction in writing leads and stories, editing copy, composing headlines, writing editorials and opinion pieces, writing picture captions, cropping photographs, selecting typography, and designing attractive page layouts. Students apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to the publication of a special broadsheet called Covering Deprivation, which has reports done during field trips to deprived villages across the country, and a weekly laboratory newspaper, The Word. In this team effort, students rotate editing, reporting, and page-making functions, so that each student gains experience in every aspect of journalistic work.
A series of modules including workshops by visiting faculty instruct students on long-form feature writing and profile writing. The best of the student work is sometimes published in national dailies and magazines.
The print newsroom labs have computers and workstations with the latest writing and production software, including QuarkXPress. With a strong internet connection, the labs provide access to news agency material including news reports and photographs, besides a host of other media websites.
The ACJ library has a collection of standard reference works, including books on editing, reporting, news writing, page design and layouts.
Workshops on data journalism and podcasts introduce the students to new story telling techniques and methods.