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BBC News 24, Sky News, CNN we live in an era where news has become almost instantaneous. This free course, ICTs: Information, will look at how news is gathered and the technology used for its dissemination. You will also be encouraged to examine how information might be manipulated by questioning its reliability.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- demonstrate a knowledge of the different types of storage media for digital data
- understand the basic concepts of electrical voltage and resistance, and the parameters used to specify batteries
- demonstrate an overview of the historical development of ICT in video recording, newsgathering and new dissemination
- compare the merits of different media as sources of news
- discuss issues of trust and authenticity in information sources.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Bringing the news on the back of a horse
- 2 From newsreels to real news
- 3 Newsgathering now
- 4 Anatomy of a digital camcorder
- 5 Signal transmission
- 6 Trust
- Keep on learning
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Enrol to access the full course, get recognition for the skills you learn, track your progress and on completion gain a statement of participation to demonstrate your learning to others. Make your learning visible!
This course looks at the technologies used to acquire information about the world. A particular focus is the technology used by television businesses in gathering news reports. The course draws upon the expertise of two individuals who have worked in senior positions in the UK television industry.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Information and Communication Technologies courses or view the range of currently available OU Information and Communication Technologies courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 17th March 2016
Last updated on: Thursday, 17th March 2016
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