ZUR708 Current affairs genres in print media

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2009
Extent and Intensity
1/1. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Ing. Rudolf Burgr, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lenka Waschková Císařová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Miroslav Mašek (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Jiří Pavelka, CSc.
Department of Media Studies and Journalism - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Škařupová, Ph.D.
Fri 9. 10. 10:00–11:30 P24, Fri 6. 11. 10:00–11:30 P24, Fri 4. 12. 10:00–11:30 P24
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the basic journalist genres in printed media, both from the theoretical and practical point of view. After completing the course, the student will be aware of the constitutive characteristics of individual genres and will be informed about the most important stages of their development in the context of Czech journalism. The course also focuses on the current practice of journalist genres (variability and distribution), including their critical reflection. Students will learn a sum of knowledge and practical skills necessary for producing individual journalist texts. After completing the course, the student will also be able to write texts using the basic genres on a corresponding professional level.
In particular, the course focuses on the most frequent journalist genres: report, story, feature, interview, feuilleton, comment, short essay, note, portrait, and profile.
  • 1. Introduction (defining essential terms)
  • 2. Genres and their variability
  • 3. Contemporary Czech journalism in printed media
  • 4. Feuilleton and similar genres
  • 5. Opinion genres
  • 6. Interview
  • 7. Report, story, feature, and similar genres
  • 8. Other genres (profile, portrait, obituary, and courtroom report)
  • PAPE, Susan and Sue FEATHERSTONE. Feature writing : a practical introduction. 1st pub. London: SAGE Publications, 2006. 163 s. ISBN 1412908000. info
  • KEEBLE, Richard. Print journalism : a critical introduction. Abingdon [England]: Routledge, 2005. xv, 347. ISBN 0415358817. info
  • KEEBLE, Richard. The newspapers handbook. 4th ed. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2005. x, 299. ISBN 9780415331142. info
  • MENCHER, Melvin. News reporting and writing. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2003. 1 v. ISBN 0072491949. info
  • PAVERA, Libor and František VŠETIČKA. Lexikon literárních pojmů. 1. vyd. Olomouc: Nakladatelství Olomouc, 2002. 422 s. ISBN 80-7182-124-1. info
  • TUŠER, Andrej and Mária FOLLRICHOVÁ. Teória a prax novinárskych žánrov. 2. vyd. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 2001. 106 s. ISBN 80-223-1555-9. info
  • VEĽAS, Štefan. Teória a prax novinárskych žánrov. 2. vyd. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského, 2000. 66 s. ISBN 80-223-1493-5. info
  • BECH-KARLSEN, Jo. Být přitom :reportáž jako žánr a metoda. 1. vyd. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 1991. 208 s. ISBN 82-7147-094-9. info
Assessment methods
The course takes place in the form of collective and individual consultations, e-learning, and self-study. In the course of the semester, students are required to submit five assignments focusing on the individual stages of the journalism and genres. The total extent of the assignments is 20 pages, while they are assessed and feedback provided with the help of e-learning and in consultations.
The exam consists of 5 tasks: 3 journalist texts, 2 seminar papers and a final written test. The final grade results from the assessment of all the tasks.
For each assignment, students may obtain 50 points. In case of journalist texts, the main assessment criteria are compliance with the given genre, stylistics and spelling, as well as formal requisites. In case of the seminar papers, the main assessment criteria are maintaining and the quality of treating the selected topics, as well as stylistics, spelling, and formal requisites. Students may obtain 100 point for the final test. Altogether, students may obtain up to 350 points. In order to pass the exam, it is necessary to obtain at least 210 points, whereas at least 50 points must be obtained in the final test.
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Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013.
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