Journalism Module Details

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First year

  • Reporting 1
    This core introductory module introduces you to news in a multi-media environment; looking at what it is, where it comes from, how to get it and how to write it successfully 
  • Journalism Skills
    Introduces you to the key skill of writing shorthand at speed. It leads to the 100 words-per-minute Teeline shorthand exam
  • Media Law
    Helps you learn everything you need to know to stay within the law when practising journalism. It leads to the two NCTJ  media law qualifications
  • Journalism 1
    This module helps you to understand the history and context of journalism

Second year

  • Reporting 2
    This module looks at specialist forms of journalism, particularly feature writing
  • News-Writing
    This is a specialist, practical module, honing your skills and leading to the NCTJ Reporting qualification and the NCTJ portfolio of professional practice
  • Political Reporting
    Mixes the theory and practice of how journalists cover national and local government, and leads to the NCTJEssential Public Affairs qualification
  • Inside Journalism 2
    This module continues your study of the context of journalism and then prepares you for your dissertation

Third year

Core modules:

  • Journalism Dissertation
    In this module, you will write a 10,000 word project on a subject of your choice, by studying existing work and then carrying out original research on your chosen topic
  • Reporting 3
    You will prepare a portfolio of your own work, including that published while on work experience or on Demon Media platforms. The major part of the portfolio is a publication, produced with a group of fellow students, which is conceptualised, written and designed by the students from start to finish
  • Sub-editing and Design
    This module allows you to learn the key skills involved in publication design and leads to the NCTJ qualification in Production Journalism

Optional modules:

  • Sports Journalism
    This module is practically focused and helps you to develop key sports reporting skills, particularly covering football, rugby and cricket and involving links with Leicester’s most prominent professional clubsin those sports
  • Magazine Publishing
    This module looks at how magazines are developed, marketed and run, allowing you to really get inside the fascinating world of magazines
  • Broadcast Journalism
    This module allows you to explore and develop your broadcast skills and involves real-world broadcasting on the university’s Demon Media broadcasting facilities 
  • Arts and Entertainment Journalism
    You will explore the theory and practice of reviewing different aspects of the arts and entertainment
  • Political Communication
    This module looks at how politicians communicate with the public using the media, and the roles of the various media professionals, especially journalists, within that process
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