Principles and Practices of Convergent Journalism - JOUR3030

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 45 (22.5) Ian Reeves checkmark-circle


British radio journalism, its history and development. Magazine and online production development. Use of microphones, audio and video recording equipment and studio production. Setting up and conducting of interviews. Use of digital audio and video editing systems to compile news packages and features. Team working. Sound and video on the internet. Publishing journalism online.


Contact hours

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


BA (Hons) Journalism - compulsory module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods – 100% coursework, comprising:

TV Assessment 1 - 20%
Print Assessment 2 - 20%
Radio Assessment 3 - 20%
Online Assessment 4 – 20%
Blog Postings – 10%
News Conference Pitches – 10%

Reassessment methods

100% coursework

Indicative reading

Hudson G and Rowlands R (2007), The Broadcast Journalism Handbook, Pearson Education
Fleming C (2010), The Radio Handbook, 3rd ed, Routledge
Beaman J (2000), Interviewing for Radio, Routledge
Quinn S (2005), Convergent Journalism: The Fundamentals of Multimedia Reporting, Peter Lang
Harrower T (2012), The Newspaper Designer's Handbook, 7th ed, McGraw-Hill
Evans H (1997), Pictures on a Page, Heinemann
Reeves, I (2014) The Newspapers Handbook, 5th ed, Routledge

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Understand key processes, principles and skills involved in the professional production of news content for radio, television, print and
online platforms
2. Understand the structure of editorial teams in broadcasting, newspapers, magazines and online publications and the nature of the roles
within them
3. Critically assess and use sources of audio, video, text and images such as raw feeds, wire copy, archive material, picture libraries and
other media
4. Originate and develop ideas for news stories, and how particular approaches work in different media
5. Apply basic skills in writing scripts, cues, reports and headlines for radio and television news bulletins

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Deploy effective communication skills to a range of audiences
2. Gather, organise and deploy information to formulate arguments cogently and communicate them fluently
3. Consider and evaluate their work with reference to professional standards
4. Understand the professional importance of working to deadlines


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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