TJU Syllabus for Introduction to Journalism

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Introduction to Journalism

Semester Hours:




Semester Hour Structure

Lecture£º30    Computer Lab£º    Experiment£º    Practice£º 2  

Practice (Week)£º

Offered by:

School of Liberal Arts and Law




Journalism, Chinese Language and Literature


Introduction to Media Literacy

1. Objective

Introduction to Journalism is a required course for students major in Chinese Language and Literature.

Introduction to Journalism is a core component of journalism. It mainly introduces news, news clients, journalists and other basic principles and knowledge regarding journalism. Through this course, students can deepen their understanding of the phenomenon of news and journalism, and can enhance their abilities of the recognition of public information activities, acceptance and criticism.

2. Course Description

Introduction to Journalism requires students to master the following basic content.

The first part mainly explains what news is, and this is the basic principles of the news theory. The second part mainly explains how to do a good work in news reporting and this is the work principles for news theory. The third part mainly discusses what news is for and its relationships with other sectors of society. This is the discipline of journalism activities. The fourth part is to understand the choice of journalists on the basis of the fact that what news is. Getting to understand what kind of news topics are more easily recognized by news agencies, and what kind of news can be recognized by peers, be rewarded and have social influence.

3. Topics

Introduction: journalism theory and information theory

Chapter I News

Section I  What is the news?

Section II The occurrence and development of news

Section III News objectivity

Section IV news and other social awareness

Chapter II News value

Section I Basis for the selection of news

Section II Four theories of news value

Section III Five elements of news value

Section IV Realization of News value

Chapter III Freedom of the press

Section I Starting point of the freedom of the press

Section II Meaning of the freedom of the press

Section III Source of the ideas

Section IV Failure of views market

  Section V From views market to public forum

Section VI Press freedom and its social responsibility

Chapter IV News survey

4. Semester Hour Structure



Computer Lab.



Practice (Week)

Introduction: journalism theory and information theory






Chapter I News






Chapter II News value






Chapter III Freedom of the press






Chapter IV News survey












5. Grading

Regular Grade: 20%,

Final score: 80%, the examination

6. Text-Book & Additional Readings


Zheng Baowei: "New information theory," the Chinese People's University Press, 2007
Main Reference:


He Zihua: "News Theory Course" (revised edition), Higher Education Press, 2008

Lei YueJie: "Information theory", Beijing Broadcasting Institute Press, 1997