Essentials of Reporting - JN305

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


Prerequisite: JOUR3040 (JN304) Introduction to Reporting
This module is a pre-requisite for:
JOUR5190 (JN519) Introduction to Feature Writing
JOUR5180 (JN518) Essentials of Feature Writing





Spin, PR and the news factory: How the news industry is being re-shaped, the spread of misinformation, and the importance of fact-checking. Introduction to journalism ethics and the code of practice. Objectivity, balance and bias. Understanding campaigns and committed journalism. Public interest v. interests of the public. The future of journalism: social media, citizen journalism, and the state of the industry.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

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


Spring Term

Method of assessment

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

Indicative reading

Davies N (2009), Flat Earth News, Vintage
Frost C (2011), Journalism Ethics and Regulation, Routledge
Harcup T (2011), Journalism Principles and Practice, Sage Publications
Mair J (ed) (2013), After Leveson?, Abramis
Randall D (2011), The Universal Journalist, Pluto Books
Reeves I (2014), The Newspapers Handbook, 5th ed, Routledge

Learning outcomes

1. Develop a further understanding of the processes, principles and skills involved in writing for publication in print and online
2. Understand the ethical problems faced by journalists and how this relates to a wider debate about regulation and freedom of speech
3. Understand the concept of public interest and how it is applied by journalists
4. Understand the concepts of bias and spin and how journalists produce fair, balanced and objective news reports
5. Apply further news reporting skills within editorial deadlines
6. Acquire a deeper understanding of the news agenda by reading, listening and watching widely in recent and contemporary newspapers, radio and TV broadcasts and online
7. Understand how to apply different research and writing techniques and how to evaluate their applicability

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