Law and Ethics for Multimedia Journalism
Building on knowledge already acquired about key pieces of legislation affecting journalists, this unit will explore their impact through scenarios and practical exercises, examining the impact of the law across a range of platforms. The unit will also explore the legal, practical and ethical problems posed for journalists by social media in newsgathering and publishing. The unit will explore in depth a range of legal and ethical issues including protection of privacy and freedom of information, protection of confidential sources and reporting race and racist organisations.
This unit involves the design, research and creation of a long-form piece of original journalism within the scope of the multimedia journalism undergraduate programme area. This may be related to the subject matter from previously studied units or a new topic of the student's choosing. Students will select an overarching topic of social significance and produce four feature length articles as part of a portfolio of journalism all related to that central theme. They will produce a proposal for their portfolio early in the process which will identify a target audience/publication for their piece of journalism and outlining their research. The unit will use a blended learning approach, with some taught and/or online learning supported sessions to support the development of appropriate practical, professional and where necessary technical skills. The independent work will be supported by a supervisor.
This unit further embeds the key concepts of Journalism to expert level, with a focus on advanced skills. It looks at the role of journalists within the current media landscape and how they contribute to it effectively, both as an individual and as part of a growing commercial venture. This unit involves the identification of an issue worthy of a single campaign or investigative-style piece of journalism and students will have the opportunity to work on real time live news events, operating in a newsroom environment and producing content to deadline. Advanced Journalism techniques will reflect current professional practice and equip students with the key skills, knowledge and insight to operate both collaboratively and independently. Understanding the role of newspapers and news websites in investigating and campaigning on behalf of audiences and the ability to undertake more advanced Journalism projects will further enhance employability.
Content will provide students with a basic understanding of the world of sports journalism; insight into the often complex relationship between sports organisations/clubs and the media; an understanding of how sports news can also cross into the wider news agenda. Students will write match reports, news and feature items for various outlets, and appraise and analyse the differences in reporting of local, national and global events.
Language, Image, Media
This coursework-based unit promotes the development of an understanding of how linguistic and non-linguistic communication systems operate within mass media. It examines intercultural issues in specific settings such as politics, the corporate environment and the media. It equips students with the tools for carrying out empirical research, presenting findings and critically evaluating media discourse and cultural artefacts.
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Advanced Audio and Video
This unit will build on students' understanding of advanced audio and video skills and methods employed by journalists. It will explore the theory behind audio and video journalism in relation to contemporary debates. Building on operational techniques, including editing, research, interviewing, scripting and presentation students will critique content and consider ethical issues.
Music, Arts and Culture Journalism
This unit covers arts reviews and interviews across a number of forms and genres that represent art and cultural journalism. There will be opportunities to understand the role that arts journalism plays in context with other forms of journalism. The unit will engage students in a number of forms that typically make up arts and culture journalism. Whether that is for specialist magazines, broadcast organisations (such as the BBC) or newspapers . There will be opportunities to review performances or forms that are more tangible - such as books, DVDs, CDs etc. The sessions will enable students to build a portfolio of work that can be presented both in print and/or online. There will be options to specialise in a particular aspect consistent with the unit's themes.