Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn Spring Summer 7 45 (22.5) Rob Bailey checkmark-circle


Different forms of journalism and how they are structured. Distinguishing between comment, conjecture and fact. Investigative reporting. The reporter's sources: how to find them, keep them and protect them. Taking a news story and re-writing it for another medium, adding sound, pictures, links and interactive comments. Working with user-generated content. Following a crime story/court trial. Turning the contents of official reports into various forms of journalism. Textual analysis of the writing styles of ground-breaking journalists. Study of common journalism transgressions.


Contact hours

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


MA Multimedia Journalism (compulsory module)

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
coursework - Timed Newswriting test – 25%
Coursework - Reporting Portfolio – 75% *
* students must attain a mark of at least 50% in the portfolio to pass the module overall.

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Barber L (1999), Demon Barber, Penguin
Beckett C (2008), Supermedia: Saving Journalism so it can Save the World, Oxford
Bernstein C and Woodward B (1974), All the President's Men, Bloomsbury
Fenton N (ed) (2009), New Media, Old News, Sage
Frayn M (2011), Travels with a Typewriter, Faber
Frost C (2011), Journalism Ethics and Regulation, Longman
Gelhorn M (2015), View from the Ground, Granta
Harcup T (2015), Journalism Principles and Practice, Sage
Meyer P (2009), The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Internet Age University of Missouri Press
Shannon R (2001), A Press Free and Responsible, John Murray
Turner B and Orange R (eds) (2012), Specialist Journalism, Routledge
Weber R (2014), Hemingway's Art of Non-Fiction, St Martin’s Press
Wolfe T (ed) (1975), The New Journalism, Picador

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 different forms of journalism and a critical awareness of how they are practised professionally alongside the principles of accuracy and fairness
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the principles of investigative reporting, including thorough research, following leads to a conclusion and treating statements by vested interests with due scepticism
3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge using established techniques and under realistic deadline conditions
4. Be able to evaluate current newsgathering and reporting techniques used in professional newsrooms and develop critiques of them

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Exercise initiative and personal responsibility in gathering, organising and deploying information in order to formulate arguments coherently and communicate them fluently
2. Make informed decisions and demonstrate self-direction in coping with the complex and unpredictable situations
3. Consider and evaluate own work with reference to professional standards and develop critiques accordingly
4. Present systematic and creative analytical arguments on current practise and research.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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