Reporting Conflict - JOUR5090

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Richard Pendry checkmark-circle


Indicative topics are:
• How conflict reporting has developed from the 1930s to the digital multimedia reporting of the 21st century
• Journalism, patriotism and propaganda: war as a severe test of journalistic integrity and independence
• Embeds, independents and reporters' security
• Reporting terrorism
• The political impact of war reporting


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

40% Essay 1 (3,000 words)
40% Essay 2 (3,000 words)
10% Essay Plan 1
10% Essay Plan 2

Reassessment methods

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

Hastings, M (2000). Going to the Wars. London: Macmillan.
Knightley, P (2006). The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker from the Crimea to Iraq. US: John Hopkins.
Loyd, A (2000). My War Gone By, I miss it so. London: Anchor.
Loyn, D (2006). Frontline: The True Story of the British Mavericks Who Changed the Face of War Reporting. London: Michael Joseph.
Simpson, J (2008). News From No Man's Land: Reporting the World. London: Pan.
Waugh, E (2003). Scoop: A Novel About Journalists. London: Penguin.

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 detailed understanding of the evolution of conflict reporting since 1935
2. Devise and sustain complex arguments concerning issues including the roles of censorship, propaganda and embedding
3. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of current professional practice in conflict reporting
4. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of current research in conflict reporting
5. Critically evaluate the range of attitudes and values arising from the complexity and diversity of contemporary conflict reporting.

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

1. Use a range of advanced techniques to initiate and undertake critical analysis of ideas and information.
2. Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis.
3. Demonstrate advanced skills of self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity.
4. Deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas.


  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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