|Prerequisites for Module|
None in addition to SCQF 8 entry requirements or equivalent.
Aims of Module
To provide students with the ability to study journalism and explain the work of journalists and communication practitioners who work in this medium; that being traditional press and publishing markets, online news market and broadcasting (TV and radio).
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
Indicative Module Content
This module will consider the work of journalists within the print, online and broadcast environments. It will reflect general themes such as ethics of journalism, news values, breaking news and photojournalism. It will include a range of practical and interpersonal skills required to do the work of a journalist as well as its relationship with communication and media practioners. This module will develop news and feature writing skills, editing skills, one to one interviewing, press conferencing and sourcing the news. It will offer access to the workings of local government and the courts. The online news business; the strengths and weaknesses of the medium; mass markets and niche markets; online interactivity; the audience for online news/information; copyright and other legal constraints. This module will also include news writing and editing for radio, TV and online. It will develop specialist skills in writing and video/audio work.
Indicative Student Workload
Mode of Delivery
This module involves lectures, tutorials, workshops, directed and private study. Students will take part in simulated activities to emulate the work of journalists and communication practitioners in the journalism environment. Students will attend and reflect on events of public interest including court/local government proceedings. Visits to local broadcasting organisations may be arranged and visiting practitioners from industry may deliver some teaching sessions. Students are expected to prepare for tutorials and contribute to weekly discussions.
50% coursework - press articles
50% coursework - broadcast articles