There is a phrase out there "we are the media now" and in a way that is right, many news stories are broken by citizens on the likes of Facebook and Twitter and you only have to look at the myriad of sites and social media pages in Nairn cybersphere to see that, apart from the affectionate place we still all have for the The Leopold Street Thunderer, it is on line that so many of us get our information these days.
A free online course run by Strathclyde University starting next week is entitled "Introduction to Journalism" and might be just the thing for one or two people in Nairn that create content for local websites or social media pages.
The site hosting the course states:
"This free online course is aimed at those curious about journalism and looking to gain a better understanding of what the subject entails. Run by a team of internationally-renowned scholars and journalism practitioners at the University of Strathclyde, it gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the professional world of reporters and editors.
The course contains six topics - what makes a good news story; writing news; writing features; opinion writing; politics and journalism; and investigative journalism - and explores these in relation to a case study running throughout the six weeks. Although the scenario is entirely fictitious, participants will engage in tasks and discussions that reflect real-life situations in journalism."