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Module Title
Broadcast Journalism

Radio and television, research, scripts, recording, cameras and pictures, editing

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2008
ApprovedJuly 2008
AmendedAugust 2012
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Prerequisites for Module

None in addition to SCQF 11 entry requirements or equivalent.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To develop basic skills and understanding of broadcast journalism. This will include programme research, scripting, interviewing, recording, shooting and editing.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically evaluate the critical differences between audio and video platforms.
2. Prepare and conduct broadcast interviews.
3. Identify key stories and prepare appropriate research briefs.
4. Script news copy for both radio and television.
5. Shoot and edit television news packages.

Indicative Module Content

Students will develop an understanding of the broadcasting environment. The module will explore the differences between radio and television; explore the power and history of the broadcast sector; and evaluate the role of the interview. It will introduce a range of production skills including recording, shooting and editing.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This module combines lectures with practical workshops. It will introduce students to a range of broadcasting equipment and facilities. Workshops will be based in the multimedia newsroom with practical exercises in both the radio and television studios.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 2,3,4
Component 2 1
Component 3 2,3,4,5

Component 2 is a report (1,500 words).

Component 1 is the production of a Radio News Bulletin: duration 2 minutes.

Component 3 is the production of a Television News Package: duration 2 minutes.

Indicative Bibliography

1.CHANTLER, P., 2003. Basic radio journalism. Oxford: Focal Press.
2.HUDSON, G. and ROWLANDS, S., 2012. The broadcast journalism handbook. 2nd ed. Harlow: Pearson Longman
3.WENGER, D., and POTTER, D., 2015. Advancing the Story; Broadcast Journalism in a Multi-media World. 3rd Ed. Sage: CQ Press.
4.FOWLER-WATT, K. and ALLAN, S. (editors) 2013 Journalism - New Challenges. e-book produced by The Centre for Journalism and Communication Research (CJCR, Bournemouth University, UK
5.TOMPKINS. A., 2018 Aim for the Heart; Write, Shoot, Report and Produce for TV and Multimedia. Sage, CQ Press

Additional Notes

Contact Hours for FT students
36 hours of lectures. This will comprise 3 weeks of 6 hours, and 6 weeks of 3 hour lectures
27 hours of practical workshops (9 weeks x 3 hours)

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