Journalism Project - JOUR5030

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 45 (22.5) Ian Reeves checkmark-circle


Development of techniques in long-form journalism. Identification of the story and research methods. Identification of most suitable platform(s) to tell a specific story. Developing key sources and newsgathering techniques. Formulating a narrative structure. Documentary sequences in audio and video. Multimedia presentation techniques. Honing writing styles. Editing techniques and styles in audio, video and multimedia. Delivery methods for journalism in the digital world.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 18
Private Study Hours: 432
Total Study Hours: 450


BA (Hons) Journalism

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

100% Project

Reassessment methods

100% coursework

Indicative reading

Biewen J and Dilworth A (2010), Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, University of North Carolina Press
Davies N (2009), Flat Earth News, Random House
McNeil P (2008), The Web Designer's Idea Book, How Publishing
Mercer D (2008), Building Powerful and robust websites with Drupal 6, Packt Publishing
Prof Rosenthal A (2007), Writing, directing and producing documentary films and videos, Southern Illinois University Press
Randall D (2007), The Universal Journalist, 3rd ed, Pluto Press
Sumner D and Miller H (2009), Feature and Magazine Writing, 2nd ed, Wiley-Blackwell
Zappaterra Y (2007), Editorial Design, Laurence King Publishing

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. Identify a story idea suitable for long form reporting on more than one platform
2. Show awareness of the challenges involved in compiling an extended piece of original journalism and of ways to surmount these
3. Show awareness of the connection between a story idea and the methods and techniques available to convert that idea into an extended
piece of original journalism
4. Show awareness of the need to be methodical and systematic in their reporting and to be critical in their appreciation of work done by
other journalists
5. Demonstrate familiarity with the literature, theories, techniques and methods relevant to their project
6. Consolidate the learning they undertook in first and second years

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

1. Gather, organise and deploy ideas and facts in order to create coherent and stimulating arguments and express them effectively in
multimedia forms
2. Organise and manage a supervised, self-directed project
3. Deliver work to a given length, duration and format within deadline
4. Apply entrepreneurial skills in dealing with sources, audiences and markets
5. Put to use complex information communication technology using web-based multimedia technology, and develop, as appropriate, specific
proficiencies in utilising a range of media technologies.


  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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