|Prerequisites for Module|
None, in addition to SCQF 10 entry requirements or equivalent.
Aims of Module
To enable students to critically examine the work of investigative journalists and to develop practical skills in journalistic research and feature writing.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
Indicative Module Content
The module seeks to examine the relationship between the ideas of the free or democratic press and the practice of investigative journalism. Computer assisted research and reporting (CARR); investigative research design; information gathering strategies; advanced feature writing; freelancing; participant and non-participant observation; advanced interviewing; journalistic case studies; ethics; characteristics of investigative journalists; editorial management; professionalism; advanced news gathering; news sense.
Indicative Student Workload
|Mode of Delivery|
This is a lecture based course that is supplemented by tutorial, laboratory and seminar sessions. Students are expected to prepare for seminars and contribute to discussion of topics. Reading around the subject is required. Where possible, practitioners who have undertaken investigative work may be invited to deliver practical sessions.
Component 1 is an individual essay
Component 2 is an individual Investigative Project and Self Reflective Essay