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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
AmendedNovember 2016
Version No.3

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. Record and edit media content.

Indicative Module Content

Students will develop an understanding of the broadcasting environment and how news organisations work. This will include discussion of how news stories emerge and can be developed. Students will gain knowledge which enables them to analyse the news agenda; critically evaluate broadcast output; gather and organise information into broadcast content; and understand the responsibilities of broadcasters in a digital world. They will also acquire a range of practical production skills including writing, recording and editing.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Through the use of a variety of materials available via the virtual learning environment, students will be introduced to a range of broadcasting and multimedia scenarios.

Assessment Plan

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

Component 1 is a report

Component 2 is the production of media content

Indicative Bibliography

1.CHANTLER, P., 2003. Basic radio journalism. Oxford: Focal Press.
2.FLEMING, C., 2006. An introduction to journalism. London: Sage.
3.HERBERT, J., 2000. Journalism in the digital age: theory and practice for broadcast, print and online media. Oxford: Focal Press.
4.HUDSON, G. and ROWLANDS, S., 2012. The broadcast journalism handbook. 2nd ed. Harlow: Pearson Longman
5.SISSONS, H., 2006. Practical journalism: how to write news. Oxford: Sage.
6.STEWART, P., 2010. Essential radio skills. 2nd ed. London: Methuen Drama.
7.WHITE, T., 2010. Broadcast news writing: reporting and producing. 5th ed. Oxford: Focal Press.


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