Multiplatform News Production - JOUR5040

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


The culture of British radio, television, newspaper and online journalism, its history and development. Advanced use of cameras, audio recorders, editing equipment and radio and television studio production facilities. Advanced techniques in television news programme production. Advanced use of print design software, image manipulation software and print production facilities. Advanced techniques in radio news programme production. Advanced techniques in multimedia journalism production. How social media and reader interactivity is changing journalism and the legal, ethical, technical and editorial implications.


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

Reporter assessment 1 – 15%
Reporter assessment 2 – 15%
Reporter assessment 3 – 15%
Solo Print – 15%
Solo Radio – 15%
Solo TV – 15%
Overall Performance – 10%

Reassessment methods

100% coursework

Indicative reading

Geller V (2007), Creating Powerful Radio, Focal Press
Holland P (2000), The Television Handbook, 2nd ed, Routledge
Hudson G and Rowlands S (2007), The Broadcast Journalism Handbook, Pearson Education
Leslie J (2003), MagCulture: New Magazine Design, Laurence King Publishing
Reeves I (2014) The Newspapers Handbook, 5th Ed, Routledge
Ray V (2003), The Television News Handbook: An insider's guide to being a great broadcast journalist, Pan Books
Yorke I and Alexander R (2001), Television News, 4th ed, Focal Press
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. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the processes, principles and skills involved in writing and reporting news for television, radio,
newspapers and online
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concept and nature of news in all of its forms, and how the production processes in different
media affect its narrative grammar
3. Demonstrate confidence with advanced production techniques and formats in recording, editing and transmission for print, television,
radio and online journalism
4. Demonstrate current understanding of how print and broadcast techniques are being adapted and combined in an online environment
5. Demonstrate current understanding of how newsrooms are organised and confidence in performing a variety of roles connected with news
production on different platforms
6. Demonstrate advanced understanding of online tools available to journalists for researching and reporting

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

1. Confidently communicate complex ideas, tailoring the approach to suit a range of platforms and audiences
2. Confidently diagnose problems and propose solutions both autonomously and as part of a team
3. Gather, organise and deploy information to formulate complex arguments confidently and communicate them fluently
4. Consider and evaluate their work with reference to professional standards
5. Work productively in a group or team, showing abilities to contribute or to lead


  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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