English for Journalism, Fall 2017

The following syllabus has been arranged by the Faculty of Journalism and Communications. Students taking English for Journalism at University of Social Sciences and Humanities can view the Google Drive link below for advanced access to the coursework during my teaching weeks. The schedule will go as follows:

Nov. 21 – What is newsworthy and how to develop story ideas.

Nov. 24 – Interviews: How to conduct an interview and the art of asking questions

Nov. 28 – Video Reporting: Broadcast journalism and how to pitch a story

Dec. 1- Production: Students will learn teamwork and production basics from audio, lighting and taking useful b-roll.

Dec. 5- Online Production: Students will learn the basics from buying a domain name, starting a blog, online video editing and overviews of the most popular content management systems.

Dec. 8 Multimedia: Multimedia review. How to select a career in journalism and how to get a job in journalism in 2017 and beyond.

Dec.  12- Ethics: Students will learn ten journalism rules related to ethics and explore the difference between fact and opinion.

Dec 15- Copyright: Students will learn what is Fair Use, Creative Commons and will identify common mistakes.


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This job is for North American, Native English speakers only.
There is no prep and PPT lessons with directions are provided during each class.
The system is easy to use.


-It requires at least a 5MB direct internet connection (WIFI even at high speeds can be unreliable so use an Ethernet cord)
-Previous ESL experience
-Flash in a browser (I use a Chromebook and it works great.)
-Bachelor’s degree
-Canadian or American citizenship
-Bank account for monthly salary transfers (The company does not take out any tax, you receive 100% of your pay if you have a USA bank account.)
-Tax info for 1099/Independent Contractor position (After you sign contract, don’t email me personal info, use link to apply)
-A thick skin: Only 10% of applicants actually get hired so grow up if you can’t handle your first job application rejection.

This company is highly regarded on Glassdoor and is ranked by Forbes as one of the top, legit work at home opportunities. Please don’t apply if you aren’t a native speaker from Canada or the USA.

The company will be happy to answer any additional questions during the hiring process.

Good luck! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

End of 2016 term!

Happy Winter Solstice!
This week we are preparing our final presentations. I want to thank the students for the positive feedback given to the school:

“December 14, 2016
Dear Paul,
I don’t hesitate to express our genuine appreciation of your work at Xinhua College. We’re fully aware of our students’ positive  feedback about you, your small English Corner, your panel roles for our extracurricular activities, and your speech to the freshmen, your journalism lecture…among others. Your participation and passion is such a rarity among foreign teachers that really sets you apart. 
We look forward to seeing you back next September.
-Frank Li on behalf of Dean Liao
Xinhua College of Sun Yat Sen University”

I was stunned and grateful when I received this email from my boss!!!!

I always conduct my own student surveys to create a feedback loop to improve my teaching. Surveys are a great way to get feedback on how to serve students better.  A terrible school may use them as an excuse to punish teachers, but real educational institutions value this tool as a way to improve standards and methods in the classroom.

I’m so grateful for the students and administration at Xinhua College. I am extremely impressed by the dedication, professionalism and commitment of my colleagues. I’m so lucky they are allowing me a break to spend time with my family. (My brother’s baby will come in two days!)

Only the Chinese know the value of the worker and family. This Marxist influence is sometimes criticized, but is one of China’s greatest strengths. I am grateful for it!

See you in September, 2017       🙂

I’ll be announcing a schedule of free Oral English lessons via the WeChat platform soon. (For Xinhua College students only.) Register on this site to receive the announcement.


Here are some results from my class this term: