Journalism Module Details

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First year

Reporting 1
Explores news in a multimedia environment: what it is, where it comes from, how to get it and how to write it effectively.

Journalism Skills
Introduces you to the fundamental 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
Helps you to understand the history and context of journalism. You will engage with some key theoretical issues and understand how the law impacts on journalism. 

Second year

Reporting 2
Explores specialist forms of journalism, particularly feature writing.

Is a specialist, practical module, honing your skills and leading to the NCTJ Reporting qualification and the NCTJ portfolio of professional practice.

Political Reporting
Combines the theory and practice of how journalists cover national and local government, and leads to the NCTJEssential Public Affairs qualification.

Inside Journalism
Continues your study of the context of journalism and then prepares you for your dissertation.

Third year

Core modules:

Journalism Dissertation
Is a 10,000 word dissertation on on a subject of your choice. You will survey existing literature and perform original research into your topic.

Reporting 3
Gives you the opportunity to prepare a portfolio of your work, including work that you published during your work experience or on Demon Media platforms. Your portfolio will also include a collaborative publication, that you will work on with your peers to conceptualise, write and design from start to finish.

Sub-editing and Design
Allows you to learn the key skills involved in publication design and leads to the NCTJ qualification in Production Journalism.

Optional modules:

Sports Journalism
Is a practical module that will support you to develop key sports reporting skills, covering, in particular, football, rugby and cricket. You will liaise with Leicester’s most prominent professional clubs in these sports. 

Magazine Publishing
Teaches you how to develop, run and market magazines. You will gain a real insight into this fascinating sector.

Broadcast Journalism
Allows you to explore and develop your broadcast skills. You will have the opportunity to access our Creative Technology Studio and broadcast on the university’s Demon Media network. 

Arts and Entertainment Journalism
Will teach you, both practically and theoretically, how to review different aspects of arts and entertainment material. 

Political Communication
Explores how politicians communicate with the public via the media and the roles that media professionals, especially journalists, play in the process. You will consider how different theoretical perspectives can be used to analyse the media’s coverage of politics.

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