national certificate journalism

SAQA ID:58978 NQF L5 120 Credits

This qualification has been developed for people who work or intend to work as
junior journalists and who seek recognition for essential competence. This
qualification will provide students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a
career at entry level in journalism. Recipients of this qualification are able to write
a variety of journalism texts and report at entry level. The qualification is designed to be
flexible and accessible to all in journalism and wishing to enter journalism after
undergraduate study or equivalent experience. It allows people to write and report in
accordance with the requirements of a specific media news enterprise.

Learners who qualify can be employed as junior journalists. They gather information
from all media such as newspapers, generate story ideas to present to news editors,
receive and interact with story briefs, organize themselves going after stories, research
backgrounds, make appointments and see people, observe, interview, judge news
value, evaluate information, communicate, keep to strict deadlines, debrief, inform
others, conduct follow-up meetings, develop story plans, write stories, check contexts
and gaps in information, send stories to news editors, and follow-up their stories with
the news editor, and plan. Competent junior journalists must be able to interact with
other reporters, respect roles, have news-gathering instincts, and an insatiable curiosity.

1. Introduction to Journalism
2. Reporting
3. Writing Skills
4. Production
5. Marketing (Advertising)
6. South African Media Law and Ethics
7. Communication
8. Public Relations
9. Editing
10. Word-processing