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Journalism and New Media


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Course Description

When building bridges between science and society, academic language does not suffice. In the writing clinic that was designed for the Honours College FSW, you will learn to present complicated content in journalistic genres aimed at a wider audience.
In this clinic, you will select topics that are related to your theme. You will explore a variety of journalistic genres by writing an opinion article, an online news item, an interview and a background story. You are offered the possibility to develop your interviewing skills and contribute to editing your peers’ background stories.

The writing clinic adds a number of important skills to your competencies as Honours student: observing carefully and listen critically, choosing an interesting and creative angle for your story, telling a story in a clear and compelling way – keeping in mind the perspective of your audience. You also train in providing systematic feedback on your peers’ writing products.

Learning objectives

After successfully completing this clinic you are able to:

  • Formulate a well-founded opinion in an accessible way

  • Recognise the news value of scientific research and present it to a wider audience

  • Edit your peers’ writing products




The Hague

Study load for 5 EC (140 hours):

  • 7 classes of 2,5 hours

  • 5 assignments (opinion article, web news item, vlog, interview and background story), including preparation

  • Peerfeedback

  • Reading


Opinion piece and article count once, the heaver assignments of the interview and background article count twice. On the basis of these assignment, your particiaption in the course will be assessed as insufficient, good or excellent.


English spoken:

Date Time Location Room
4-2-2020 19:00-21:30 Wijnhaven
18-2-2020 19:00-21:30 Wijnhaven
10-3-2020 19:00-21:30 Wijnhaven
31-3-2020 19:00-21:30 Wijnhaven
21-4-2020 19:00-21:30 Wijnhaven
12-5-2020 19:00-21:30 Wijnhaven
26-5-2020 19:00-21:30 Wijnhaven

Dutch spoken:

Date Time Location Room
11-3-2020 19:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw
18-3-2020 19:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw
1-4-2020 19:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw
15-4-2020 19:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw
29-4-2020 19:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw
13-5-2020 19:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw
27-5-2020 19:00-21:30 P. de la Courtgebouw


Registration via uSis, activity code 12349 (English spoken) or 12328 (Dutch spoken).

Contact information

Drs. H.J. de Looper