Advanced Multimedia Storytelling - JOUR5060

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Ian Reeves checkmark-circle


Indicative topics are:
• Linear and non-linear narrative structures.
• The use of online and open-source tool research to create journalism projects.
• The power of interactivity. Putting the user in control of the story.
• Visualisation of data.
• Using crowd-sourced material to develop and augment core reporting.
• Techniques for adapting and creating journalism for mobile media.
• How social media and reader interactivity is changing journalism and the legal, ethical, technical and editorial implications.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 24
Private Study Hours: 126
Total Study Hours: 150


BA (Hons) Journalism – optional module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Online Journalism Project (80%)
Project Diary (1,000 words) (20%)

Reassessment methods

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Flash Journalism: How to create multimedia packages, by Mindy McAdams (Focal Press 2005)
Supermedia: Saving Journalism so it can save the world, by Charlie Beckett (Wiley Blackwell, 2008)
We The Media by Dan Gillmor (O'Reilly Media 2006)
Multimedia Journalism: a practical Guide by Andy Bull (Routledge, 2010)
MediaActive: a user's guide to finding, following and creating the news by Dan Gillmor (O'Reilly Media 2010)
Journalism Next: a Practical guide to digital reporting and publishing by Mark Briggs (CQ Press 2009)

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 advanced understanding of online tools available to journalists for researching and reporting.
2. Demonstrate advanced design, presentation and production techniques in digital publishing and an appreciation of how these affect user
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how mobile platforms are changing the way some journalism is consumed
4. Produce journalism using collaborative and non-linear processes
5. Think critically about the rise of social media and its impact on the dissemination of news
6. Augment understanding of newsroom operations and the preparation and production of news on different platforms.

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

1. Use information technology to confidently perform a range of complex tasks
2. Identify and define problems and confidently propose solutions
3. Learn how to gather, organise and deploy ideas and sustain narrative, argument and analysis
4. Consider and evaluate their work with reference to professional standards


  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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