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Journalism Module Details

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Study routes

Students taking the Journalism degree can choose to take one optional module per year in another programme such as Film Studies or Media and Communication. Students cannot switch between programmes and must specify their choice at the start of the first year.

 

First year

Block 1: News Reporting and Media 

Introduces key reporting skills on multimedia platforms including digital, print and social media, as well as an introduction to the working knowledge of media law. 

This is a block delivery module, which runs over seven weeks of teaching time, to include workshops, covering both practical journalism topics and media law topics, with tutorials and revision sessions as required.   

Delivery pattern:
Practical workshop 60 hours
Self-directed study 180 hours
Assessment 40 hours
Tutorials/consolidation 20 hours 

Block 2: Video and Audio

Learn standard news conventions for filming interviews, editing them for clips and features and recording audio interviews and editing them.  

Delivery Pattern:
Lecture: 18 hours
Tutorial: 30 hours
Studio/lab: 60 hours
Self directed study: 130 hours
Assessment: 62 hours

Block 3: Understanding Journalism

Develop an understanding of global news debate and the role of journalism in shaping communities, including classic and new theories. 

Teaching is expected to take place in a mix of workshops, lectures and active learning exercises  

Delivery Pattern:   
Lecture: 18 hours    
Seminar: 30 hours    
Tutorial: 30 hours    
Workshop: 30 hours    
Self-directed study: 130 hours    
Assessment: 62 hours

OR you can select to study one route module from the list below: 

  • Film Studies: Disney, Warner Bros and the Film Studio 
  • Media and Communication: Media, Culture and Society
  • English Language: Evolving Language 
  • Creative Writing: Writers Salon 
  • English Literature: Introduction to Drama: Shakespeare 
  • History: Global Cities 
  • Drama: Shifting Stages

Block 4: Digital News Production Project

This module draws together and deepens the skills and learning studied throughout the programme to produce a final project for the year that itself provides a formative as well as a summative assessment. The emphasis will be on practical journalism in a real-world context that has a significant employability value. 

This is a block delivery module, which runs over seven weeks of teaching time, and will include some timetabled workshop teaching, but will mainly be self-directed study time with support through tutorials.

Delivery pattern:
Workshop 12 hours    
Self-directed study 176 hours    
Tutorials/consolidation 12 hours    
Assessment 100 hours    

Second year

Block 1: Feature Writing and Lifestyle Journalism 

A combined practical and academic module, which aims to develop feature writing skills and page designing abilities while also examining the expanding sector of lifestyle journalism and its cultural importance. 

Teaching methods will include a mix of practical workshops which are complimented by Lectures and active learning seminars  

Lecture/Workshop: 72 hours
Reading: 44 hours
Reflection: 64 hours
Self-directed study: 72 hours
Consolidation: 24 hours
Assessment: 24 hours

Block 2: TV and Radio Journalism

Study the distinctive aspects of TV and radio journalism including script writing, sequencing shots, production conventions, voice reports and features.  

Practical workshops will allow the students to undertake practical work.  

Lecture: 18 hours
Tutorial: 30 hours
Studio/lab: 60 hours
Self-directed study: 130 hours
Assessment: 62 hours

Block 3: Beyond News

Moves beyond traditional news reporting and develops writing ability to write interesting first-person opinion columns and reviews.  

Students will be taught in workshops, including practice, lecturing, and seminar work.  

Creative Practice Delivery Pattern: 
Workshops Studio/lab: 60 hours   
Self-directed study & work: 180 hours   
Assessments: 60 hours

OR continue with the route selected in the first year:   

  • Film Studies: Screen Archives
  • Media and Communication: Public Relations
  • English Language: Sociolinguistics 
  • Creative Writing: Story Craft
  • English Literature: Digital Humanities
  • History: Hum
  • Drama: Theatre Revolutions

Block 4: Professional Practice 

Applies the styles and techniques learned so far to create a magazine containing reviews and opinion pieces, which mirrors real world feature writing work and group work.  

This is a block delivery module, which runs over seven weeks of teaching time, and will include some timetabled workshop teaching, but will mainly be self-directed study time with support through tutorials.

Delivery pattern:
Workshop: 60 hours
Self-directed study: 120 hours
Tutorials/consolidation: 20 hours
Assessment: 100 hours

Third year

Block 1: Journalism Projects 

Teaches the skills to shape a plan for a journalism research (dissertation) or a negotiated practice project (group or individual).  

The module will be taught in workshops of mixed 3 and 2 hours over a week.

Workshop: 60 hours
Reading: 90 hours
Self-directed work: 90 hours
Assessment: 60 hours

Block 2: Students choose two of the following modules

  • Freelance Journalism 

Preparation for employment in an evolving sector, with an emphasis on methods to find work across various platforms and monetizing journalistic ideas.    

This module will be taught in block mode workshops across 7 weeks.   

Workshops: 60 hours
Self-directed study: 70 hours
Assessment: 90 hours  

  • Enhanced Digital Reporting Skills 

Builds on news writing and long-form feature writing skills to significantly strengthen news reporting skills by enhancing focus on digital publishing skills. 

Delivery pattern will be a combination of several two and three-hour workshops per week with tutorials and revision sessions as required.  

Practical workshops: 30 hours
Self-directed study: 70 hours
Assessment: 30 hours
Tutorials/consolidation: 20 hours

  • Podcasting 

Introduces the essentials of producing a podcasting: the branding, style, hosting opportunities, marketing, and audio production.  

This is a block delivery module, which runs over seven weeks of teaching time with the following delivery pattern:  

Workshop: 30 hours
Self-directed study: 90 hours
Assessment: 30 hours

  • Photo Journalism 

Explores the theories and practices of photojournalism and visual culture to address the key issues of our global contemporary society. 

This is a block delivery module, which runs over seven weeks of teaching time with the following delivery pattern: 

Lecture: 20 hours
Seminar: 30 hours
Tutorial: 30 hours
Assessment: 70 hours

Block 3: Sports Journalism

Applies news reporting and feature writing abilities to produce real world sports journalism content on multimedia platforms including digital, print and social media. 

This course will be taught entirely in three-hour workshop format in a computer lab. This format will allow for lecture-style delivery by academic staff, student interaction, group work and practical exercises. Guest lectures from sports journalists will also be a vital part of the curriculum. There will also be off site visits to relevant sports venues to speak to staff about media management and how their teams are reported by the media.  

Workshop: 60 hours
Self-directed study: 180 hours
Tutorial/consolidation: 20 hours
Assessment: 40 hours

OR 

  • Music, Film and Entertainment Journalism 

Develop an understanding of music, film and entertainment journalism including history and cultural importance to prepare for employment as music, film and entertainment journalists, PRs or promoters. 

This course will be taught entirely in two-hour workshops across the week. There will also be off site visits to relevant music venues to speak to staff about media management and how their venues are reported by the media.  

Workshop: 60 hours
Practical: 20 hours
Self-directed study: 180 hours
Assessment: 40 hours

OR continue with the study route selected in the first and second year:   

  • Film Studies: British Cinema
  • Media and Communication: Gender & TV Fiction
  • English Language: Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • Creative Writing: Creative Misbehaviour
  • English Literature: World Englishes
  • History: The World on Display
  • Drama: Performance, Identity and Society

Block 4: Journalism Dissertation

Become an expert on existing journalism research and conduct original analysis into your topic. 

There are four lectures and beyond that, the dissertation is a self-managed module with tutorial support. Tutorial support is available to help define and guide the development of the project on a regular basis.   

Tutorial 30 hours
Self-directed study 150 hours
Assessment 120 hours