Dissertation in Journalism - JN517

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Medway Autumn and Spring
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6 45 (22.5) PROF T Luckhurst







Students will build on and integrate their knowledge, skills and experience by undertaking an independent research project in the form of a supervised dissertation. Research can be undertaken in a broad range of areas, however it is expected that the content of the thesis will demonstrate clear links to other elements of the programme, for example, focusing on an aspect of the cultural and/or institutional role of journalism. The finished dissertation/project will therefore represent the synthesis and culmination of the skills and knowledge gained elsewhere on the programme.


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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 28
Private Study Hours: 422
Total Study Hours: 450


Autumn and Spring Term

Method of assessment

Presentation – 10%
Plan (2,000 words) – 20%
Dissertation (10,000 words)- 70%

Indicative reading

Altheide, D.L and Schneider, C.J. (2013), Qualitative Media Analysis. London: Sage
Atton, C. (2002) Alternative Media, London: Sage
Bignell, J. (1997) Media Semiotics: An Introduction, Manchester: Manchester University Press
Brennen, B. (2013) Qualitative Research Methods for Media Studies, New York: Routledge
Frost, C. (2000) Media Ethics and Self-Regulation, Harlow: Pearson Education
Gunter, B. (2000) Media Research Methods: Measuring Audiences, Reactions and Impact, London: Sage
Pink, S. (2007) Doing Visual Ethnography: Images, Media, and Representation in Research, London: Sage
Reeves, I (2014) The Newspapers Handbook, London: Routledge
Walliman, N.B. (2001) Your Research Project: A Step-by-Step Guide for the First-Time Researcher, London: Sage

Learning outcomes

1. Identify, plan and sustain a supervised study in a specific area of Journalism
2. Understand the epistemological and methodological issues involved in research projects in journalism, and the relationship between these concepts
3. Conceptualise a question for investigation in the field of multimedia journalism, and to design the appropriate research methodology
4. Deploy the appropriate concepts in the study of journalism
5. Evaluate and interpret practical and/or theoretical concepts and principles relating to journalism

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