ZUR712 Introduction to editing practice

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2010
Extent and Intensity
0/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Ing. Rudolf Burgr, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Lenka Waschková Císařová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Jiří Pavelka, CSc.
Department of Media Studies and Journalism - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Bc. Pavlína Brabcová
Fri 26. 2. 14:00–15:30 U32, Fri 9. 4. 14:00–15:30 U32, Fri 14. 5. 14:00–15:30 U32
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 provide students with basic orientation in the editorial practices in printed media. The course provides students with basic information about the process of editing and editor's work.
Students will learn about editor's tasks and the organisation of work within an editorial team. They will also become aware of essential terms. They will repeat the principles of writing news reporting and journalist texts, the knowledge of which is a prerequisite for editing articles in press. They will learn to work with sources and will become familiar with the rules of editing news reporting and journalist texts written by other authors, as well as agency news.
Students will also learn how to organise the layout of texts and image and graphic elements on a newspaper page, as well as how to prepare its layout. They will also learn the basics of working with photographs.
After completing the course, the student will be able to manage the whole process of editing a printed (or Internet) newspaper and will be able to work independently with texts and prepare a newspaper page.
  • 1. Introduction to the issues of editorial work – basic terms.
  • 2. Organisation of work and tasks of individual editorial team members.
  • 3. Editorial system in the editorial board.
  • 4. Obtaining, assessing and processing information.
  • 5. Creating and editing news reporting texts.
  • 6. Creating and editing journalist texts.
  • 7. Editing texts and proof-reading.
  • 8. Preparing a newspaper page and content layout.
  • 9. Working with graphic elements when preparing a newspaper page.
  • 10. Elements of working with photographs.
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  • BURNS, Lynette Sheridan. Žurnalistika : [praktická příručka pro novináře]. Translated by Hana Antonínová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2004. 186 s. ISBN 8071788716. info
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  • VOJTEK, Juraj and Jan BARTÁK. Metodiky novinárskej práce : úvod do teórie a praxe redigovania. Bratislava: Slovenské pedagogické nakladateľstvo, 1985. info
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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 four assignments focusing on the individual stages of the editing process. 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 comprises four individual tasks and a final seminar paper on a given topic. The final grade is a result of the assessment of all the parts.
For each assignment, students may obtain 50 points and 100 points for the final paper. In total, they may obtain 300 points. In order to pass the exam, students are required to obtain at least 180 points, out of which at least 50 points for the final paper.
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Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012.
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