This unit prepares you to work as multi-skilled reporters, presenters and producers in broadcasting.
Convergence and Work Placement
The unit addresses the challenges facing journalists operating in today's fast changing media environment, reflecting on this and offering practical experience through a mandatory work placement with a media organisation. We will help you source a placement for two weeks at a newspaper, magazine, or in an online or broadcast environment.
An in-depth 18,000 word research based independent investigation of a topic within the sphere of multimedia journalism, or a substantial broadcast news artefact or portfolio of feature articles including one of the following: a radio programme, a television documentary/feature, a media-related website.
Online journalism featuring newsgathering, production and distribution, computer assisted reporting, user generated content, multimedia and interactivity, social media, web design and editing. This unit will develop skills in online design and production. In particular, it will develop students knowledge on: Web development including text, graphics, audio and video; principles of design and writing for the web; effective content management; harnessing the qualities and strengths of the online medium; online in context; overview of history and development of web technologies, online and social media; ownership and access including IPR; analysing online journalism; future technological developments.
Journalism Professional Practice
This unit will help you learn the main skills of journalism professional practice - to write, interview, and work as a journalist.
Successful journalism requires legally safe reporting. This unit teaches students about the British legal system and regulatory bodies and their significance to journalistic output. You will learn the essential law and ethics affecting journalists to ensure you work responsibly, safely and with integrity.