Practical Multimedia Journalism - JOUR6060

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 45 (22.5) Ian Reeves checkmark-circle


This module equips students with the skills to produce journalism for TV, radio, print and multimedia online platforms to a professional standard. It includes the professional use of cameras, editing software and television studio production facilities; professional use of audio recording equipment, editing software and radio studio production facilities; print production software and facilities; and advanced use of multimedia authoring software and image manipulation software. It involves team work in radio, television, print and online news production. It also considered the culture, history and development of British journalism and the impact of online technologies on planning, reporting, producing and disseminating news. The skills learned on this module will prepare students to take several professional exams set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 96
Private Study Hours: 354
Total Study Hours: 450


Year in Journalism

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
TV Assignment 1 – 12.5%
Print Assignment 2 – 12.5%
Radio Assignment 3 – 12.5%
Online Assignment 4 – 12.5%
Blog Postings (one per term) – 12.5%
News Conference Pitches (three per term) – 12.5%
Examination (two hours) – 25%

Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Geller V (2007), Creating Powerful Radio, Focal Press
Harrower T (2007), The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, 6th ed, McGraw-Hill
Quinn S and Filak V F (2005), Convergent Journalism, Focal Press
Ray V (2003), The Television News Handbook, Macmillan
Ward M (2002), Journalism Online, Focal Press

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) Demonstrate a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of the current key concepts of news delivery for online platforms
2) Have a comprehensive understanding of current thinking behind the economics of news delivery in different media and its implications for the industry
3) Have a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental technologies used in the gathering, production and dissemination of news in an online environment
4) Demonstrate professional skills and originality in using new and established techniques to produce quality journalism in text, audio and video
5) Produce properly structured multimedia journalism packages suitable for an international, national or regional audience

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) Work effectively as individuals and in a team environment, exercising initiative and personal responsibility
2) Make informed decisions about deployment of resources in planning, gathering, producing and disseminating information in complex and unpredictable situations
3) Use complex multimedia hardware and software in an original and professional way with a specific audience in mind
4) Present systematic and creative analytical arguments based on a detailed understanding of economic, social and professional factors influencing media industry decision-makers


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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