Introduction to Reporting - JN304

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5) MS L Bellew


Co-requisite:JOUR3050 (JN305) Essentials of Reporting
This module is a pre-requisite for:
JOUR5190 (JN519) Introduction to Feature Writing
JOUR5180 (JN518) Essentials of Feature Writing





What is news? What sources are trustworthy? Writing news reports – who, what, when and why and the inverted pyramid. Distinguishing between comment, conjecture and fact. Understanding how news organisations are structured.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150


Autumn Term

Method of assessment

Examination: two hours – 40%
Two in-class tests (45 mins each) – 40%
Seminar presentation – 20%

Indicative reading

Harcup T (2011), Journalism Principles and Practice, Sage Publications
Hicks W et al (2008), Writing for Journalists, Routledge
Marr A (2005), My Trade, Pan
Randall D (2011), The Universal Journalist, Pluto Books
Reeves I (2014), The Newspapers Handbook, 5th ed, Routledge
Smith J (2010), Essential Reporting, Sage Publications

Learning outcomes

1. Understand the basic processes, principles and skills involved in writing for publication in print and online.
2. Understand what a news story is and why different news providers treat them in different ways.
3. Apply news reporting skills within editorial deadlines and word limits.
4. Acquire an understanding of the news agenda by reading, watching and listening widely within the genre of news in recent and contemporary newspaper reports, television and radio broadcasts, and online reports.
5. Understand how to apply different research and writing techniques and how to evaluate their applicability

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