|Prerequisites for Module|
None in addition to SCQF 11 entry requirements or equivalent.
Aims of Module
To examine the role of journalism in society and explore the basic principles that underpin newsgathering.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
||Critically examine the role of news values in a multimedia environment.|
||Explore the constraints that apply to newsgathering in the 21st century.|
||Differentiate between fact, theory and opinion. |
||Critically evaluate contemporary media issues and their impact on journalistic practice and the application of appropriate ethical codes. |
Indicative Module Content
This module will explore what makes news: it will introduce students to the ethical challenges of journalism in the 21st century; explore the impact of Web 2.0; consider the challenges of multi platform delivery; examine what makes breaking news; consider the concept of impartiality; and define the difference between fact, theory and opinion.
Indicative Student Workload
|Private Study||45||Mode of Delivery|
This module is lecture based supplemented with seminars and a range of visiting speakers.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Component 1 ||4|
|Component 2 ||1,2,3|
Component 1 is a weekly blog exploring contemporary media issues.
Component 2 is an Essay (2,500 words).
|1.||ALLAN, S., 2005. Journalism: critical issues. Maidenhead: Open University Press.|
|2.||BRIGHTON, P. and FOY, D., 2007. News values. London: Sage.|
|3.||CONBOY, M., 2004. Journalism: a critical history. London: Sage.|
|4.||FRANKLIN, B., ed., 2005. Key concepts in journalism studies. London: Sage.|
|5.||HARCUP, T., 2009. Journalism: principles and practice. 2nd ed. London: Sage.|
|6.||HARGREAVES, I., 2004. Journalism: truth or dare? London: Oxford University Press.|
|7.||SMITH, J., 2007. Essential reporting: the NCTJ guide for trainee journalists. London: Sage.|
|8.||VENABLES, J., 2005. Making headlines: news values and risk signals in journalism. Huntingdon: Elm.|