ZURb1113 Methods of journalistic work

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Ing. Rudolf Burgr, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jaroslav Čuřík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Rostislav Vrzal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Boček (seminar tutor)
Ing. Rudolf Burgr, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jaroslav Čuřík, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Bc. Blanka Farkašová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Dana Mazancová, DiS. (seminar tutor)
Ing. Bc. Martina Nedomová, DiS. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jan Pospíšil (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Lukáš Slavík (seminar tutor)
Ing. Bc. Miloš Šenkýř (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Jan Tomandl (seminar tutor)
PhDr. Pavel Večeřa, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Štěpán Žádník (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lenka Waschková Císařová, Ph.D.
Department of Media Studies and Journalism - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Bc. Pavlína Brabcová
Supplier department: Department of Media Studies and Journalism - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 19. 2. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Wed 26. 2. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Wed 4. 3. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Wed 11. 3. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Wed 18. 3. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Wed 25. 3. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Wed 1. 4. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Wed 22. 4. 10:00–11:40 AVC, Wed 13. 5. 10:00–11:40 AVC
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
ZURb1113/01: Thu 20. 2. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 27. 2. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 5. 3. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 12. 3. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 19. 3. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 26. 3. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 2. 4. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 9. 4. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 23. 4. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 30. 4. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 7. 5. 10:00–11:40 PC54, Thu 14. 5. 10:00–11:40 PC54, J. Čuřík
ZURb1113/02: Thu 20. 2. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 27. 2. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 5. 3. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 12. 3. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 19. 3. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 26. 3. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 2. 4. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 9. 4. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 23. 4. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 30. 4. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 7. 5. 14:00–15:40 PC54, Thu 14. 5. 14:00–15:40 PC54, J. Čuřík
ZURb1113/04: Fri 10:00–11:40 PC54, R. Burgr
ZURb1113/05: Fri 12:00–13:40 PC54, R. Burgr
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 80 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 53/80, only registered: 0/80
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to introduce students to the methods of journalistic work. The course is focused on methods of searching, processing and presenting information, which is common in professional journalistic practice. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to practical assignments and tasks in seminars. Completing the course is also crucial for mastering the creative journalistic bachelor thesis. The complexity of the course is based on the requirements of the application sphere, as elaborated in the market analysis.
Learning outcomes
Students after completing the course: know the professional journalistic methods and can apply them to practical tasks; can critically evaluate, search for, work with, and analyze information resources; can independently gain relevant information for journalistic work and create an appropriate journalistic product.
  • Topics: 1. Basic rules of journalistic methods. 2. Searching for sources of information, work with resources and information, typology of information sources. 3. Search for information on the Internet. 4. Work with databases. 5. Geting information in archives. 6. Research. 7. Interviewing as journalistic method. 8. Observation as journalistic method. 9. Working with information - searching, sorting, analysis, interpretation. 10. Analysis and interpretation of data in journalism. 11. Ethics and legislation relating to work with resources and information.
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Teaching methods
Lecture, seminar, discussion, reading, simulated practical learning by doing.
Assessment methods
Minimum three assignments, written test exam.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021, Autumn 2021, Spring 2022.
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